Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said only electronic voting can solve election problems in the country.
Jonathan stated this in Port-Harcourt during a book presentation, ‘In the cause of service’ by a former Rivers State Deputy Governor, Sir Gabriel Toby, The Nation reports.
He said with the use of electronics voting the thugs, shooting and killings during before and after election will be a thing of the past.
He added that if billions of dollars can be transferred from one bank to another and to another country using electronic transfer, he believes Nigeria can use electronic voting perfectly.
“Looking at what is happening now, we will have off-season elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
“The signals coming from both states are quite disturbing; the use of thugs, shooting guns already some people have been killed, when we have not even started the voting process. This needn’t happen if we get to a point in this country where voters’ card matter.
“This is why I have always advocated that we go into electronic voting, good a thing the world is already going digital and Nigeria and her youths have keyed into the changes.
“Nothing should stop us from following the rest of the developed world to adopt an electronic voting system in the elections.
“If people this day can transfer billions of dollars from one bank to the other, from one country to the other, using electronic means, I still believe that we can do electronic voting perfectly, and we will see that this use of thugs will not come up again.
“Politicians will hire a group of boys and begin to feed them like dogs and all of them that they use for elections.
“Meanwhile, they send their children abroad schooling in the best universities in the world, but the children of others will be their thugs. They can die; it does not matter to them,” he said.