Electoral Act Amendment: Senator Yarima Backs Electronic Voting
Former Zamfara State governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Sani Ahmad Yarima has thrown his weight behind the deployment of electronic transmission of results ahead forthcoming general election.
Recall that Nigerians have since raised the alarm over insinuation that certain individuals with the collaboration of certain federal lawmakers in the joint Committee of the National Assembly on the Independent National Electoral Commission were scheming to strike out provisions on electronic transmission of results.
Speaking with newsmen recently at his residence in Abuja, Senator Yarima said that Nigerians should now accept the role of modern technology in our modern-day life, including our participation in the electoral process.
He noted that the introduction of technology has solved substantially the cumbersome process of registration of voters and its attendant trauma for prospective voters.
He said: “I support electronic voting. I think that when we were queueing to register (accreditation) without the card reader what was happening?
“People will just sit down and write names and say we have so so a number of persons. By the mere introduction of the card reader, the whole thing has changed. You can see that you have your fingerprint and look at what is happening now, registration of voters online.”
“The world is changing, Nigeria has to follow. We need to use technology as much as possible. As far as I am concerned one day we are going to go for electronic voting.”