However, in his speech, Atiku listed some recommendations to improve the electoral process in Nigeria.
1. Six-year single term: Atiku said: “In order to reduce the desperation of incumbents and distractions from governing and also to promote equity and national unity, we need to move to a single six-year term for President to be rotated among the six geo-political zones.
This will prevent the ganging up of two or more geo-political zones to alternate the presidency among themselves to the exclusion of other zones.”
2. Mandatory electronic voting and collation of results: On this, he said: “We must make electronic voting and collation of results mandatory.
“This is the 21st century and countries less advanced than Nigeria are doing so already. It is only bold initiatives that transform societies.
3. Litigations concluded before the inauguration of elected persons: Atiku said: “We must provide that all litigation arising from a disputed election must be concluded before the inauguration of a winner.
This was the case in 1979. The current time frame between elections and the inauguration of winners is inadequate to dispense with election litigations.
4. 50% of votes mandatory: On this, he said: “In order to ensure popular mandate and real representation, we must move to require a candidate for President to earn 50% +1 of the valid votes cast, failing which a run-off between the top two candidates will be held. Most countries that elect their presidents use this Two-Round System (with slight variations) rather than our current First-Past-the-Post system.
Examples include France, Finland, Austria, Bulgaria, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Mozambique, Madagascar, and even Liberia where a run-off is expected to hold in the coming days.”
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