The Governments of Ekiti and Osun have joined have advocated electronic voting (e-voting) in the forthcoming General Elections in 2015 to guarantee credible polls.
Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti State Governor and Rauf Aregbesola, the Osun State Governor also suggested the use of Voters Card Reader (VCR) machines in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in their respective states by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
They made this call at a fund-raising dinner in Lagos where they called on INEC not to defer the use of the VCR machines to the 2015 general elections.
According to Fayemi, “we will go to any length not only to ensure that the votes of the people count but that the votes must be counted at the spot where they have chosen to elect the leader for themselves and we will do everything to ensure that INEC is forced, not just encouraged to use the card reader for these elections in Ekiti and Osun.”
Also, in his contribution, Aregbesola alleged that some political elements in the states are already collecting the voter identification numbers on voter’s cards with the aim of cloning the original cards.
He noted that the only way the cloned cards will be detected as fake is by use of electronic voting system while advising INEC to run a pilot of the use of the Voters’ Card Reader machines in the two States ahead of the 2015 general elections.
According to Aregbesola, INEC only needs to provide 3500 VCR machines for use in the two states to show commitment to conducting credible polls.