Nigeria could learn from the United States electoral process, to build on democratic gains in the country, The African Diaspora Congress (ADC) said on Wednesday
Prof. Apollos Nwauwa, the Secretary-General and Public Relations Officer of ADC, made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to Nwauwa, who is also Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Movement (NDM), during the interview, he said the outcome of the current U.S. election would profoundly reshape not only the United States of America, but the world.
Nwauwa said, “Nigeria can learn from the U.S. electoral system that decentralizes the process and farm them out to the States and Counties.
“There is no Independent National Electoral Commission controlling anything from a central location.
“Centralization of command and control of national election breeds inefficiency, loss of control, manipulation and chaos. “Nigeria should adopt this process and allow for early voting.”
He explained that majority of the 100 million who pre-voted in the U.S. election, did so by mail and not necessarily electronic, saying others actually voted at various polling stations set by different states.
He said that the U.S. elections was not federally controlled, adding that each state has its electoral laws and guidelines, which cannot be altered by the Federal Government in that country.
He reiterated that such practice could be a lesson for other countries to learn.
ADC is a coalition of the various groups and concerned citizens from Africa and African Diaspora, while the NDM comprises 20 million Nigerians in the Diaspora working together to build a progressive nation where every citizen is empowered to become and give the best.