The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has stated that electronic voting is possible in Nigeria, if the determination is right.
El-Rufai based this assertion on the victory recorded in the last Local Government election conducted through electronic voting in the state, as a pointer to the fact that it was possible across Nigeria.
He made the statement in a recent statewide broadcast to thank the people of the state for giving the All Progressive Congress (APC) victory at the polls.
According to the governor, his administration had placed the credibility and integrity of the electoral process higher than the discredited practice of previous governments of winner takes all.
He thanked the electorates for showing, for the second time, that there was no hindrance to the successful adoption of electronic voting technology in Nigeria.
According to him, it also placed Nigeria as the second country in Africa after Namibia to use the technology.
He said: “The local government elections of 4th September 2021 further validated the Kaduna State Government’s decision to invest in Electronic Voting Machines to promote electoral integrity and transparency.
“Kaduna state is proudly upholding a new chapter in elections in Nigeria, using electronic voting technology, championed by a government that is determined to respect the outcome, win or lose.’’
“As governor of Kaduna state, I have always taken the view that we all win when democracy triumphs.’’