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Gov Diri makes case for E-voting to curb Nigeria’s electoral challenges

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed support for electronic voting as a solution to Nigeria’s electoral challenges. Speaking at a grand reception in…

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed support for electronic voting as a solution to Nigeria’s electoral challenges.

Speaking at a grand reception in his honour at Sampou Community in Kolokuma Local Government Area on Sunday, Diri noted that although electronic voting might not solve all of the nation’s electoral problems, it would significantly reduce the challenges.

According to him, the electoral malpractices that characterised the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa state demands urgent need for the nation to commence electronic voting.

He ascribed his victory to God Almighty, whom he said showed himself in his case as the only one who gives power.

He expressed gratitude to people of Sampou community for the honour done to him just as he appealed to people of the state to be patient and support his administration.

He said: “Part of what would solve the problem of this country is electronic voting. I recommend e-voting, e-register and electronic elections in Nigeria. It might not solve all our electoral problems but it would go far in resolving most of our electoral conflicts.

“My leaders, my elders, my brothers and sisters, I appreciate you for the love and honour you have showed me. The colourful reception you have organised in my honour, I say thank you. I bring a message of love and hope.

“Yes, our takeoff as a government was very turbulent. But we have flown above the turbulent weather. Now we are stabilising and the testimony is all across the state. I only ask for your support” he said.