2023 General Election: Kingsley Moghalu Reacts As INEC Introduces Electronic Voting

Prof. Kingsley Moghalu

Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, the 2019 Presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, has welcomed the plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to commence electronic voting and voters registration exercise in 2021 ahead of 2023 general elections.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu had disclosed that the voters registration will start in 2021 and run till 6 months before the 2023 general election.

Mahmoud added that there are also plans to ensure Diaspora voting to enable more eligible Nigerian citizens working in diplomatic missions or those permanently living abroad to vote.

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Reacting, Moghalu welcomed the development, even as he urged the National Assembly to make necessary amendments to the Electoral Act in order to make the reforms possible.

On his Twitter page, he wrote: “I’m very pleased that @inec has decided to introduce electronic voting and voting access for Nigerians in diaspora. @TBAN_NGR has advocated strongly for both reforms and we are happy to see INEC act in a manner responsive to the demands of Nigerians for electoral reform.

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“Kudos to @inec Chairman Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu for these steps. We hope @nassnigeria will make the necessary amendments to the Electoral Act of 2010 to make these reforms possible. It’s great that the electoral commission intends to start as early as Q1 2021 with voter registration.”

Moghalu, however, suggested that voters registration be extended up to three months before election and not six as indicated by INEC.

According to him, that’s a core requirement of real democracy.

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“But we suggest that registration should be extended up to three months before the elections and not six months as the INEC Chairman indicated.

“Surely time to make votes count and be counted transparently! That’s a core requirement of real democracy,” his tweet added.

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