Nigeria: Election Jiggery-Pokery in Nigeria As the Old Guard Resists Moving to Biometric Technology

opinion

The current Nigerian electoral system is steeped in the culture where the party in power, often with help from the security agencies, writes election results and, in a number of cases, goes on to subvert the courts. That's precisely why fewer people tend to go out to vote: Because they think the system is rigged. More, not less transparency is what we need.

Kicking the can down the road is a government art. Once politicians manoeuvre themselves into office, they govern by repeating the promises they made and hope that problems will go away. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.

For six years we've been trying to find an electoral law in Nigeria that works for voters. It doesn't appear that we're nearer a solution today than when we first started.

At that time, President Goodluck Jonathan had one foot out the door, but his government, being perhaps the most tech-savvy in Nigeria's modern history, was quite open to changes that would accommodate greater use of technology in the electoral system.

It was under Jonathan that the biometric technology for voting was first introduced. Yet, in a weird twist of irony, the system failed when it was his turn to...

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