Elections Must Reflect People’s Will, Obasanjo Insists

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, said elections must reflect the will of the people for the citizens to reap the dividends of democracy in Africa.

Obasanjo spoke in Abuja at a book launch which he co-authored with a title: “Democracy Works: Rewiring Politics to Africa’s Advantage” sponsored by Brenthrust Foundation.

Reports have it that Greg Mills, Jeffrey Herbst and Tendai Biti are co-authors of the book.

The former president, who noted that democratic practice varies from one country to another, said democracy in Africa would be promoted if elections are free, fair and credible.

According to him, the United Kingdom’s democratic practice differs from the United States’ system.

“So, what can we do to enhance democracy in Africa?

“Election particularly, which is a democratic practice of every country must be carried out in such a way that it reflects the will of the people,” he said.

He said election should be seen in a way that it gives the voice to the voiceless.