Nigerians in S/Africa want Nigeria to adopt United States voting system
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), has underscored the need for Nigeria and other African countries to adopt the United States voting system in elections, to promote democratic growth.
President of NICASA, Ben Okoli, made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Abuja.
Okoli commended the use of technology in the United States voting system, noting that it had contributed to electoral efficiency in that country.
According to him, the Federal Government can equally learn from such experience to achieve the much desired goals for its seemingly nascent democracy.
He said that the American election was a game changer that would define the future of the world, from politics and economy to foreign relations and the stability of the world peace.
“This election will also define the interests and fight against the Coronavirus with China and Russia in the bulls eyes. It is important that the status quo remain and re-electing Donald Trump is the right thing to do, Okoli said.
“The advancement in technology is put to use again by the world power during this election and the electronic mail voting is a testament to the beauty of technology. Nigeria and Africa can learn from this to improve their voting system and safety during elections; African countries are still lacking peaceful democratic electoral transition.
“If we take a look at Cote de voire (Ivory Coast), where Alhassan Quattara is seeking third term as President, we can only but conclude that we are not learning or ready to grow and deepen our democratic gains. African countries and leaders can do better than what we currently have, therefore the need for fundamental reforms in voting systems to address democratic challenges,’’ Okoli said.
He, however, said that electoral institutions, such as electoral commission, the Judiciary and other enabling laws, needed to be strengthened to produce quality election and leadership in Africa.