We have been holding elections in Nigeria since 1960 and as it is, apart from the June 12 1993 elections, we cannot boast of having an election that can be termed free and fair. I listened to former president, Olusegun Obasanjo who ironically is the head of the AU observation team to the South African elections, say that if there are a few stories of malpractices here and there, it can be excused. I mean, can we not have a FREE AND FAIR election in Africa?
I will appreciate it if we can narrow this down to Nigeria? What do we need in terms of, right policies, technology, and other means, to have a not just credible but free and fair election in Nigeria?
From my view, I think its so easy to detect the kind of fraud we do election wise in Nigeria. The major fraud is to steal ballot papers and massively thumbprint these for the prefered candidate. I know thumbprints are unique, can we not have a system that we run the ballot papers through after the election and any ballot paper that has same thumbprint as a previous one is nullified? Is this hard to do? I think this will totally remove the issue of one person stealing ballot papers to have them thumbprinted in his house.
That's just one way out. Il like to hear more.