Presiding Prelate of the Eastern West Africa Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Bishop Uduak Usen Effiong, has said Nigerians are tired of listening to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari blaming the immediate past administration for the economic woes of the country, and want action from the Federal Government.
This is as he said there is the need for the country to transit from the present manual voting to electronic voting in the 2023 general elections, saying that already, some universities in the country are utilizing the electronic voting system in students’ union elections.
Effiong spoke on Friday at the Living Gospel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, in his episcopal address during a conference of the Church with the theme, “The Freedom Church: Refocusing On Our Purpose.”
The cleric said, “It is incontrovertible that all is not well with our nation, Nigeria; our economy has slipped into recession -inflation and unemployment indices and fantastically high. Our prayer is that it does not degenerate into depression.
“We charge the President and his team to rise to the challenge of fixing our economy through pragmatic policies and actions. We no longer want to hear blames; we want to see actions of positive change. Government must know that their performance is evaluated by juxtaposing their actions against the preceding performance of past governments.”
Effiong stated that electronic voting, if adopted for the 2023 general elections, will ensure fairness and transparency of the process and reduction in the cost of logistics and personnel as well as the elimination of political thuggery.
He said, “We need change in the way we conduct our elections in this country. Nigeria should transit from the present manual voting to electronic voting in the 2023 general elections. It is possible, we can. Already, some universities are utilizing e-voting in students’ union elections.
“The advantages are enormous including fairness and transparency of the process, reduction in cost of logistics and personnel and elimination of political thuggery, which would encourage greater percentage of eligible voters actually casting their votes.”