Ahead of the 2015 general election, the United Progressive Party (UPP) has stressed the need for legislative action that would empower the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to apply the electronic voting system for the election. This was even as it inaugurated a 19-man Board of Trustees (BoT) led by the former member of the House of Representatives, George Ozodinobi who represented Aniocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal constituency. Speaking at the end of the second National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party, the national chairman of the UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie advocated a system that would enable a voter to vote from the comfort of the home, especially in view of the current wave of insecurity in the country and which he observed created apathy among voters.
… Chief Okorie described as scary the current situation where voters were made to wait for up to four hours after accreditation before casting their ballots and argued that the trend required review so as to discontinue exposure of voters to possible violence.
He equally faulted the situation where movements were restricted on election days, giving the situation as one that encouraged apathy.
Full Article: 2015: UPP makes fresh case for electronic voting.