The Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, Dean Postgraduate School, Unilorin, Prof. Clement Bewaji and the immediate past President of Post-graduate Students’ Association, Mr. Moses Adebola have canvassed the adoption of electronic voting system in Nigeria electoral process.
They stated that it would improve the election’s credibility and transparency as well as make the process easier.
They spoke during the swearing-in of the institution’s elected Postgraduate Students’ Association Executive Committee in Ilorin on Monday.
Ambali, who was represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services, Unilorin, Prof. Yisa Fakunle, said Nigeria is ripe for e-voting.
He stated that Unilorin had successfully adopted e-voting twice, adding that if the university could successfully do that, there was no reason why the country cannot adopt e-voting system.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to understudy what Unilorin has done so as to gain knowledge of how to adopt e-voting in Nigeria.
According to him, Nigeria could overcome its infrastructure challenges and successfully adopt e-voting.
“INEC can come and see how we do it and see the one that is applicable to them. With the amount of resources we have in this country, electricity should not be a problem. If electricity is required, they can provide it at least during the time voting is in process,” Ambali said.
Bewaji said with the feat the university achieved by successfully using e-voting during POGSASS election, the institution has shown that it could lead Nigerian through the electronic voting process in the very near future.
Adebola said that Nigeria is ripe for e-voting. He, however, said that it is needful to address the nation’s infrastructure challenges for the e-voting to be successful.
“The e-voting is peaceful. It does not involve much. You have to be there during the period. The result is easier to collate. If the leaders can consider this, I think, it will go a long way to help Nigeria. Indeed, Nigeria is ripe for e-voting system,” he said.