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Oyedepo canvasses e-voting for future Nigerian elections

Oyedepo canvasses e-voting for future Nigerian elections
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Nigeria should embrace e-voting in subsequent elections to avoid any form of manipulation and human interference in the nation’s electoral process, Bishop David Oyedepo, President of Living Faith Worldwide Church has told a technology forum held weekend in Ogun State.
Oyedepo says that e-voting would improve the election’s credibility and transparency as well as make the process easier in an address to participants at the second Covenant University Conference on e-Governance held in Ogun State.
The clergyman believes that gaining knowledge of how to adopt e-voting in Nigeria is key to having a hitch-free election.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=“Bishop David Oyedepo, President of Living Faith Worldwide Church”]”I think where we are going as a people in Nigeria is to ‘e- everything’ where there will be no human interference and where the system works in the open. We shouldn’t spare anything to introduce the e-structure at all levels and with that we will be improving and saving more time and we keep the economy running.’’[/blockquote]

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The introduction of an electronic-driven voters’ register and the deployment of card-reading machines for subsequent elections must therefore be seen as a giant step in the drive by the nation’s electoral body to significantly reform the electoral process, he says.
‘’We live in the world of knowledge. The most stable currency in the world today is knowledge. Its value is ever enhanced. That’s why any nation that will seek after knowledge will have their value enhanced‘‘, Oyedepo adds.
He noted that the benefit of e-voting system is the speed in which results can be obtained because they are accurately tabulated and it reduces the risk of human and mechanical error and movement restriction.
‘’I think where we are going as a people in Nigeria is to ‘e- everything’ where there will be no human interference and where the system works in the open. We shouldn’t spare anything to introduce the e-structure at all levels and with that we will be improving and saving more time and we keep the economy running’’, he told the technology forum.
Oyedepo believes that Nigeria should take a cue from the huge success recorded in the telecoms sector. ‘’The same way we caught the use of telecommunication to the point that almost everybody is so used to it, so by the time we try it in our voting system, we would definitely get good results’’
Oyedepo is ranked among the richest pastors in the world and heads the Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.
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