Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has once again made his opinion known regarding the 2019 general elections.

However, unlike his previous comments, he did not use this occasion to take aim at President Muhammadu Buhari, instead, he called for electoral reforms.

He spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, at a programme organised by the Centre for Human Security and Dialogue of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).

The meeting was in conjunction with the Open Society Foundations, seeking ways to use technology to enhance transparency in the electoral process.

Obasanjo stated that the essence of the event is to illustrate how ICT can be used to ease the electoral process rather than inhibit it, document good practices in e-voting across the world and extract lessons for Africa.”

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He also stressed the need for examining the strengths and weaknesses in the use of ICT in electoral systems in Africa and elsewhere in the world.

Four former African presidents who attended the programme are John Mahama (Ghana), Ernest Koroma (Sierra Leone) and Raila Odinga (Kenya) and Obasanjo, who chaired the occasion.

Former INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega said technology would go a “long way to improve the efficiency of the conduct of elections, as well the integrity of elections, worldwide, especially in Africa.”

According to the former INEC boss, “Opportunities need to be explored and adequately utilised. But, we must constantly remember that the use of ICT in elections is a means to an end, and not an end in itself.”

Jega spoke on: “Practical experience in the use of ICT in the election process in Africa: The Nigerian Experience.”

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