The Vice Chancellor of the Lagos Sate University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has said that electric voting is quite possible in Nigeria.
The LASU VC gave his opinion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on the sidelines of a maiden political debate for the aspirants of the LASU Students Union in Lagos.
According to NAN, the debate was organized by Soyiga Madia Platform in conjunction with the LASU Centre for Information Press and Public Relations.
Fagbohun stated that all that was required was timely preparation, sincerity of purpose and a desire by all stakeholders to make it work.
“After the 2019 election, INEC should not wait for another four years. We should start planning for the 2023 elections now.
“If we make up our mind and have the political will to conduct E-voting, we will, though it may not be perfect the first time we try but we would have started,” Fagbohun stated.
Fagbohun, while acknowledging the large population of illiterate Nigerians, noted that technology could be used to simplify the process.
“It depends on how well the process is simplified, knowing fully-well that we have a large number of illiterate who are going to be involved,” the VC stated.
NAN reports that two final year students of LASU have designed an Electronic Voting application, which was adopted by the university management under the former VC, Prof. John Obafunwas in Jan. 2014 to conduct the students’ union election.
Ever since then, elections in the university had been conducted using the electronic voting system.
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