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2023 NIGERIA GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

2023 NIGERIA GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

2023 NIGERIA GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

2023 Nigeria General Election and the need for electronic voting is a proposal from Respect The Woman Initiatives – RTWI geared towards getting Nigeria to live above its electoral challenges.

Since 1999 that Nigeria returned to democratic government, our processes have been marred by many irregularities and violence. The-2019-Nigeria-General-Election is not exempted from such irregularities.

The irregularities and violence experienced in Nigeria General elections which we are fighting against its repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election include:

  • Inadequacy of Electoral materials by INEC.
  • Inability of Electoral Materials to get to its destination in good time.
  • Unethical practices by members of Independent Electoral Commission – INEC
  • Mysterious fire outbreaks only during elections that burns only INEC offices
  • Faulty and Inadequate Card Readers
  • Stealing of electoral materials and Ballot box snatching
  • Vote buying
  • Underage voting
  • Use of thugs , Violence , killings and Bloodletting

INADEQUACY-OF-ELECTORAL-MATERIALS-BY-INEC

With reference to the last general Election in Nigeria, the Chairman of INEC assured Nigerians that all that we need for this election to be a success is in place.

These include the materials and other things. Without making emphasis on what happened in other polling centers, RTWI clearly observed that some people (Though not much) could not vote in our polling Centre.

This was attributed to lack one of the voting booklets meant for the ward.

The election ended without these few persons casting their vote. Inadequacies of electoral materials are part of the reason people will be citing in tribunals for losing election this 2019

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election.

INABILITY-OF-ELECTORAL-MATERIALS-TO-GET-TO-ITS-DESTINATION-IN-GOOD-TIME

This has been a reoccurring issue over the years. Due to this type of issue INEC cancelled and postponed 2019 general Election by one week.

Prior to the cancellation, the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu said in a press conference that INEC was ready for the election both in funding, in materials and in staff strength.

This was why the postponement of the 2019 General election at about 6hours to the election proper surprised all.

Part of the reasons given was:

  • Inadequate supply of electoral materials to places of need
  • Supply of materials meant for State “A” to State “B”.

This became a challenge which consumed extra time, talent and treasure.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

UNETHICAL-PRACTICES-BY-MEMBERS-OF-INDEPENDENT-ELECTORAL-COMMISSION–INEC

It was no news that two-ex-staff-of-INEC-were-handed-7-years-imprisonment-each for receiving bribe from Diezani Alison Madueke in the buildup of 2015 general election.

The culprits are:

  • Christian Nwosu
  • Tijani Bashir.

The duo collected the whooping sum of N264.8m to do this odd job.  In the delivery of the judgment, Justice Mohammed Idris commented that:

2023 NIGERIAN GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

Christian Nwosu’s photo.

“The convicts were or are officials of INEC and expected to conduct themselves as impartial umpires in carrying out their activities”

“I understand it to be the mission of INEC to serve as an independent and effective election management body that is committed to the conduct of free, fair, and credible elections for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.

“These convicts by their conduct acted in breach of the said objectives. Their actions were a disgrace to the institution and a threat to democracy”.

2023 NIGERIAN GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

Tijani Bashiru’s photo at Left hand side dressed in white Agbada.

These and more he said before passing his-judgments to them.

News flew in several heights about INEC officials caught in the act during 2019 General elections.

States like Zamfara, Enugu, Rivers, Bauchi and many more were among the states mentioned. The bottom line is that the end of such stories is not near.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

MYSTERIOUS-FIRE-OUTBREAKS-DURING-ELECTION-PERIODS-THAT-BURNT-ONLY-INEC-OFFICES

Fire outbreaks were first observed in Anambra State during the days of Dr. Chris Ngige.  During this incidence many electoral materials were lost and this means that money too were lost and time equally wasted.

These were so because extra fund was required to make up for the loss while additional time was spent in getting ready things that were lost.

2023 NIGERIAN GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

Picture of INEC Office on Fire

Prior to 2019 General Elections, INEC offices in the following places went up in flames:

The question is why would INEC offices get burnt a month and weeks to an Election. RTWI wish to get answers to these questions someday.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

FAULTY-AND-INADEQUATE-CARD-READERS

To the best of knowledge of RTWI, INEC card reading machines were at least averagely enough and functional.

Card reader did not affect the areas we visited. We take exception to future proven reports that may come our way on this.

2023 NIGERIAN GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

Pictures of INEC Card Reader

Premium-Times-NG has something different to report on this.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

STEALING-OF-ELECTORAL-MATERIALS-AND-BALLOT-BOX-SNATCHING

A shocking video of illegal mass balloting was released during the collation of the results of the 2019 General Election.

2023 NIGERIAN GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

In these video electoral officers, young kids and various other persons were seen thumb printing on ballot papers.

These were either ballot papers that cannot be seen anywhere in the records of INEC or ballot papers that were stolen from INEC.

The bottom line is that the ballot papers were obtained illegally.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

VOTE-BUYING

This is a situation where money bag politicians, there agents, friends, associates and families give cash for vote to the voters inside the polling booth while the election is going on.

It can also be said to have happened when votes are cast for exchange with gifts, certain loyalty and certain promises.

2023 NIGERIAN GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

Image of Vote Buying

This happened carelessly in 2015 general elections and some elections afterwards. However it was done in 2019 General Election with a more professional approach as follows:

  • The money bags went to the houses of the over nights before the election and gave them money. Many were bought over through this means.
  • On the day of Election party agents were moving around with papers and pens writing names of those that voted for them. They know the genuine ones because the voter will wittingly raise the ballot paper to the sight of the party agent.
  • When this is done, they will gather somewhere known to all and share them the money they promised according to the roaster they made during election. With this approach, vote buying is still on but the approach is different.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

UNDERAGE-VOTING

This is a situation where children below the age of 18 are allowed to cast vote during election. These kids are used as a political tool to inflate and manipulate figures.

2023 NIGERIAN GENERAL ELECTION AND THE NEED FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING

Pictures of Under Aged Voters

A wrong candidate can be elected through this means.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

RIGGING`

This is an intentional act aimed at manipulating the outcome of an election. This act can also be used to manipulate either the entire process or part of it to achieve the rigger’s intention.

This can be done in the following ways:

  • Systematically by the use of computers to manipulate figures and other necessary data.
  • It can be done manually too which include arson, forgery and many more.
  • Use of thugs , Violence , killings and Bloodletting

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

USE OF THUGS, VIOLENCE, KILLINGS AND BLOODLETTING

The use of thugs in election is as old as the return to democracy since 1999. These thugs aim at doing their master’s bidding to the fullest.

In 2019 elections the use of thugs were observed in states like Rivers, Imo, Lagos and many more.

These led to violence, killings and bloodletting. In Rivers, a medical Doctor who worked as a returning officer for INEC was killed by the Nigerian Forces.

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyemson WIke, confirmed this in his speech while receiving his certificate of return.

Also in Rivers State, the military team on inquiry into the excess violence that was witnessed in Rivers State also lamented on the death of one of their own who is a high ranking military personnel.

Without doubts, these irregularities have caused many pains of which the major ones we want to discuss are:

  • The pain a mother suffers
  • The pain the family suffers
  • The pain Nigeria suffers.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

THE PAIN A MOTHER SUFFERS

The saying that the death of a child kills the mother is not a just a support story. It is a confirmed truth which only mothers can attest to.

RTWI met a mother of 4kids – 2 girls and 2 boys. The last child – a boy – took ill. He eventually died. The mother could not be herself again.

It took the conception of another baby for her to be able to hold herself back.

Two days ago, a woman came to our office. While we were discussing she told RTWI that she was a mother of 4 but one died. RTWI inquired to know how she overcame it. She simply answered that she overcame because the lost child was replaced with another.

What becomes the fate of a woman that has reached menopause whose child/children died in election violence?

From the above we all know the fate that awaits her because her dead child/children can ever be replaced.

In one of such situations RTWI witnessed, the mother died after some months because she could not bear it. Recently in the case of Lagos school building that collapsed and killed 4 kids belonging to a particular family, the mother of those kids drank Sniper insecticide and died too.

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She could not face it. Women found it hard to bear the loss of a child.

Many mothers are in pain which may claim their lives because of 2019 General election.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

THE PAINS A FAMILY SUFFERS

The lost of a child/children do not belong to the mother alone. They equally belong to a family. This family has, by these deaths, reduced in number.

This could be the present or future bread winners of these families like in the case of the military man and the medical doctors that were killed in Rivers State.

They are husbands to a certain woman too which means that a wife is now added to the suffering list.

RTWI prays that this will not repeat in 2023 Nigeria general election

THE PAINS NIGERIA SUFFERS

Nigeria as a country has its own share of the pains namely:

  • Reduction in it population
  • Deaths of well meaning Nigerians
  • A shared belief that Nigeria is not secured which leads to fear among the populace.
  • Difficulty in attracting investors in the nation due to insecurity.
  • Poor international rating due to insecurity.
  • Poor voting system and delivery of ambiguous results always.
  • Many court cases in the tribunal.
  • Alteration of our democratic processes due to verdicts from many election tribunal cases.

2023-NIGERIA-GENERAL-ELECTION-AND-THE-NEED-FOR-ELECTRONIC-VOTING

2023-Nigeria-General-Election-and-the-need-for-electronic-voting is the only solution to these mayhem.

On the 29th of April 2019, the British Department For International Development (DFID) organized a Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Stakeholders Forum on the future of Elections in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Army with the backings of the National Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) proposed the use of Electronic voting in Nigeria come 2023 Nigeria General Election.

INEC through its National Commissioner – Prof. Okey Ibeanu countered this with a saying that Nigeria is not ripe for it. He cited absence of robust technical and Physical Infrastructure as his the reasons for this.

What we expect is what INEC is doing to make 2023 Nigeria general election and the need for electronic voting a possibility.

The position of Professor Okey Ibeanu is not acceptable by RTWI. The following reasons are

  • If Nigeria can have 28 banks that have complete internet facilities that posts transactions real time- online; what is the challenge of INEC in doing same.
  • If a bank like First bank can process up to a million transactions in a day without losing its integrity what is the challenge of INEC in doing same.
  • If these banks could do this in the same country where electricity supply is exactly as Professor Okey Ibeanu described what stops INEC from doing so.
  • If Companies like Bet9ja, Jumia, Konga and many more can be real time online always in this country and earn income from just that, what stops INEC from doing so.
  • If WAEC and JAMB can do it all these years and keep improving in areas where they have lapses what exactly is the point of Professor Ibeanu.

2023 Nigeria General Election and the need for electronic voting for RTWI is not just a proposal for an electronic voting but a proposal for electronic voting proposal that is online and real time.

This can enable Nigerians to even vote at the Voting centers, at their homes and on the go with ease.

Here are RTWI’s layout for 2023 Nigeria General Election and the need for electronic voting:

  • Nigeria should first carry out a census or a count incase Nigeria is not ready for census to identify the number of eligible voters we have in Nigeria.
  • This can also be done with the number of valid voters’ card we have currently in Nigeria in INEC’s record.
  • In as much as we share the above opinions against the standings of Prof. Okey Ibeanu, we equally believe that there are areas where Nigeria is not ready on the above subject.
  • For such areas, RTWI have plans to match it.
  • INEC should get a reputable information Technology company like Google Llc, Facebook Inc and Amazon Inc to design a real-time online electronic voting Machine for Nigeria
  • INEC should avail the data of all Nigeria voters and any other necessary data to any of these Hi-Tech companies they have chosen.
  • The Hi-Tech Company will use these data to develop this real-time online voting machine.
  • Security features that will dictate ineligible voters, persons with double voter’s cards; underage voters and many more will be put in place.
  • Voters must first be profiles in wards for councilors’ elections, Local Government for Local Government Chairmen, States for Governors, State House of Assembly and finally Federal for Presidential Election, Senate and House of Representatives.
  • Registration of New voters on this platform can only be done with Bank Verification Numbers. This is the only ID that its integrity is verifiable always. Besides Banks will be held accountable for kids below 18 registered on this platform such banks will have its license revoked.
  • Prior to each election, INEC through DSS, will get key international security agencies to have Platform opening and review login details.
  • For instance Nigeria DSS, America CIA, Russia KGB, Israel MOSSAD and British M16 will only have review-only Login to this portal before and after the election only under the watch of the Hi-Tech developing company and INEC.
  • The reason for Number 12 is that we need transparency on this platform. INEC needs to show Nigerians that they are not supporting anyone. They need to show us that they have not manipulated the platform to favor anyone. The platform is theirs but just like they call in election observers to monitor the process and ensure everything is intact before election, these International Security Agencies with the HI-Tech Company and DSS will be the Election Observers now.
  • In addition to this, Nigeria is a country of interest to all these nations. These will make them to act as a check and balance against each other and hacking will be seriously controlled.
  • Also note that it will be difficult for KGB and CIA to agree on issues which makes this security to be airtight.
  • The Hi-Tech Company, INEC and DSS cannot even do anything because there are many watch dogs on this Platform.
  • This will guarantee equity in Nigeria Electoral and voting system were people will vote and be voted for without bias.
  • At a stipulated time before the election, the portal will be opened and after election the portal will be closed.
  • People should be able to vote with their phones, their laptops and their computers.
  • This whole thing can be achieved with the limited power supply in Nigeria because a completely charged smart phone lasts for three days.
  • With the zeal I saw in Nigerians during the last election many will have many spare charged batteries to last them for months if the election were to last that long.
  • Provided the platform is up when needed, every Nigerian will do what it takes to vote like they did in 2019 Nigerian General Election.

2023 Nigeria General Election and the need for electronic voting is not just a dream but a dream that is realizable if only we can shun greed, corruption, ethnicity and religious differences.

Welcome 2023 Nigeria General Election and the need for electronic voting and welcome change as well

2023 Nigeria General Election and the need for electronic voting is where RTWI stands and we call all of you to come join us and make it a possibility.

 

 

 

Comments (4)

  1. Avatar
    Uyah Emelda
    May 10, 2019

    Wonderful approach to democratic emancipation. I doubt if greed will allow this to work in Nigeria. The government must hear this.

    1. Respect The Woman Initiatives
      June 23, 2019

      Thanks Uyah Emelda. This wont be forgotten

  2. Avatar
    Okafor Chioma
    May 20, 2019

    Simply whoa!

    1. Respect The Woman Initiatives
      June 23, 2019

      Your visit is encourages. RTWI loves that about you dear.

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