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Jonathan Advocates For E-voting, Says Politicians Responsible For Electoral violence


Former President Goodluck Jonathan has again called on politicians to shun violence during the election. 

The elder statesman while speaking in Bayelsa state advocated the adoption of electronic voting system by Nigeria to eliminate electoral malpractices and violence.

Jonathan, who is now a known voice against election malfeasance noted that election must not be a do or die affair. 

He blamed the rising insecurity in the country on the activities of politicians who were hell -bent on grabbing political power through the back door. 

Jonathan said , “Our political activities, particularly the use of young people as militiamen and thugs and so on to win elections , have increased the security challenges facing our nation. 

“Some of the youths they use are so protected that even the police cannot arrest them because they are ‘boys ’ to powerful politicians who use them during elections .

“That is why I’ve always advocated that for us to move forward as a country; we must use electronic voting where nobody will use thugs to win elections. Immediately we use electronic voting, the issues of thuggery and cultism will drop by at least 50 per cent.”

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