E-voting will end electoral violence, says Gov Umahi

From Angela Nwaeze, Abakiliki

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, has urged the federal government to adopt electronic voting to end killings and other electoral violence witnessed during elections in the country.

Umahi who made the disclosure on Thursday, at Pa Ngele Oruta township stadium, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, during the grand finale of Peoples Democratic Party’s local government election rally, maintained that unless Nigeria adopts the electronic voting system, desperation, political violence and rigging will persist.

He urged the National Working Committee, NWC , of the PDP to take the lead by adopting the E-voting system during its primaries and assured the support of the Governors of the party to ensure that E-voting works.
Umahi also noted that he would not choose his successor in 2023 or impose any candidate on the people, adding that he would allow the will of God to prevail on the matter.

He advised politicians in the country to guide against desperation and violence and to always know that whoever God anoints will rule over the people.

He said that the Chairmanship and counsellorship candidates of the party whose first tenure just ended, did well in their first tenure and have been reelected through a free and fair primaries.
The governor advised the candidates to ensure the proper utilisation of the local government funds and to shun any form of corruption and embazzlement of public funds, stressing that ill-gotten wealth is vanity.

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, in his address assured Governor Umahi that the party PDP will soon commence electronic registration of its members, adding that the party’s primaries for the 2023 election would be through electronic voting.

He noted if the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, could conduct it’s election using the electronic system of voting, “INEC could still achieve it and save Nigerians from the killings and other election violence witnessed during elections”.

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