While the nation sang “ajekunya ni o je…”, the Senate of Nigeria took some of its best decisions since 1999 by approving electronic voting and advanced use of technology in voter’s identification, voting, collating and results’ transmission. This is victory for decency and change.
I commend the Senate.
However, the Senate retains the provision that empowers a few within the party to determine the fate of the majority by allowing the option of indirect primary. This is the singular farce with the Nigerian democracy as it fosters a fait accompli on the masses by denying ordinary members of political parties the organic privilege of electing their preferences. This is also the singular reason party primaries are heavily monitized – everybody tries to ‘outbuy’ delegates.
I therefore want to first commend the Senator Bukola Saraki led senate over the eVoting giant stride and use the opportunity to plead that the senate takes the bold step and approve only direct primaries.
Engr. Tunji Ariyomo, pioneer Coordinator of the Ondo State Information Technology Development Center (SITDEC).
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