The governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has suggested for a total shift from the current method of voting to a digital system that will be less cumbersome for voters.
Ikpeazu, who made the call in his country home of Umuobiakwa when he came to cast his vote at Obingwa Ward 7 unit 002, stated that the sufferings of voters would be reduced if technology could be introduced into the system.
The governor, who cast his vote at exactly 10:50am said he was worried about how INEC can accredit everybody and still get them to vote before 2pm.
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“I think we should think more on the direction of science and technology. I don’t know why ballot papers cannot be generated locally or even provided and then a voter can access the ballot papers through a computer and vote rather than standing under the sun. Why shouldn’t we do it digitally?
“I don’t know how the INEC officials here will accredit everybody and get them to vote before the dateline of 2pm. They need to be a little bit faster. I seem to see too many people being processed by few people.
“The process is efficient, but I just wish our people will be put through less suffering in exercising their franchise. People are standing in the sun and I don’t know how long they’ll stand,” he said.
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