INEC will use electronic voting if electoral law permits – Official

Official says electronic voting can work in Nigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday said it would use the electronic voting system if the electoral law permits it.

The INEC Deputy Director (Publicity), Nick Dazang, disclosed this in Abuja.

He said the commission was not against the use of electronic voting, noting that the electoral laws prohibit its use.

“We all know the importance of electronic voting. It is an essential force that plays critical role as one of the basic instruments of credible election. India and some other countries have used it and the elections held so far in these countries have been adjudged as not only free and fair, but also credible,” he said.

According to him, Nigeria has similar terrain with India in terms of population which means that electronic voting can work in this country.

The Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, had on Tuesday advised the Federal Government to prevail on INEC to adopt the electronic voting method for the country.

It observed that this method of voting would stave off the irregularities usually associated with the conventional manual voting.

(NAN)

 

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