Mr. James Entwistle who is the Ambassador of the United States of America, to Nigeria, on Sunday praised the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to deploy technology for the conduct of the general elections which commenced on Saturday.
According to The Punch, the ambassador said this while speaking with journalists at the International Conference Centre, venue of the National Collation Centre of the polls results.
He said Nigeria’s Permanent Voter Card involved superior technology which his state of Virginia in the US needed to copy.
Voters Cards on Display before distribution
He said, “I am very impressed by the decision of INEC to use technology in this election. The Permanent Voter Cards are very high-tech.
“They are more high tech than my voter card from the state of Virginia in the US. My voter card does not have biometric. It does not have my fingerprint. The high-tech gives the process more integrity.
” I congratulate INEC on taking the part of High-tech. I think we need to come and study it so that we can use it in my country.”
He expressed hope that INEC would address the the challenges experienced in the use of card readers and move forward.
Entwistle, who said he monitored the elections in Abuja, expressed satisfaction over Nigerians’ patience and dedication to the smooth conduct of the exercise.
He said, “I was extremely impressed. Saturday I went to a number of places in the FCT. Every place I went, I was impressed by patience and dedication of the Nigerian voter. I found that inspirational.”
Entwistle further said Nigerians had reminded the world of how beautiful democracy was. He said the expectation of the American government “is that he Nigerian people will win.”
He added that his nation’s government would be willing to work with anybody emerged as winner of the presidential election.
He said: “I mean they (people) will get what they want which of course is a transparent, credible and non-violent elections. We look forward to working with whatever government emerges from the elections.”