2027 polls: Why Nigeria must embrace e-voting – Reps member

A member of House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Bamisile, has stressed the need for Nigeria to key into the use of the electronic voting by 2027 general elections, saying technology is now for free, fair and credible polls and that Nigeria must move with the tide of civilisation.

Bamisile, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), explained that over 37 million will be disenfranchised if electronic voting is adopted for the impending 2023 polls, which he said was not in tandem with the spirit of .

The lawmaker, however, called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to embark on aggressive spread of telecommunication networks across the country to accommodate the E-Voting.
Bamisile, who is representing Gbonyin/Emure/Ekiti East Federal constituency of Ekiti state, said this in Ado-Ekiti, while distributing free petrol to 1,000 commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada riders in the state capital.

“It is the best option for Nigeria,but a situation where only 50 percent of our voting population have access to network makes it impracticable now. About 37m of our voting population will be shut out of the electoral system.
“But NCC as a federal government’s regulatory agency must begin aggressive action that will ensure 100 percent network coverage before 2027 elections. Nigeria has no excuse than to embrace e-voting in 2027” .
Speaking about the humanitarian service to the people, Bamisile, said a total of 1,000 Okada riders received free petrol in the first phase of the .

Describing the level of joblessness among the youth in the country as frightening and disturbing, Bamisile stated that he would soon begin a special for degree and Higher National Diploma holders among Okada riders in the state.
“This empowerment programme was meant to support the commercial motorcyclists in Ekiti. They have a population of over 15,000 in Ekiti with o ever 5,000 parading either BSC or HND certificates, so they need our support.
“I am going to do the headcount of HND and BSC holders among them and soon, I will do a special empowerment for these people that really befits their status. And those who are not well certificated but has interest in skills and vocational training will be trained among them.

“We are also extending the same gesture to commercial drivers in the future”, he stated.

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