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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  • Yusuf

    Another form of Election Rigging on the pipeline. May I ask, is the literacy level/pattern of Nigeria same with India? What is the index in terms of development. Despite India’s population, the margin between the rich and the poor is albeit not wide. In fact, there exist not pseudo rich within the civil servants. My friend is currently a Ph.D student in India, hear him, since he arrived for almost a year there has never been power failure in Dwayaard state( pardon my spelling, as I may be wrong)

    • Alex

      Yusuf, let’s get away from defeatist attitude Nigeria. Those of us advocating the introduction of electronic voting in the country have already taken all those things you mentioned and more into account. I am in IT, and I know what we need to do to get around those obstacles. Cast your mind back to the era before GSM, ATM and other stuff. What was the attitude of the generality of Nigerians? “It will never work”, they claimed. What do we have now? However, it is not the technology that is the problem. It is the typical Nigerian politician that is dead set against its introduction. Why did they specifically put that clause in the law prohibiting e-voting? Let us force them to remove the clause, then let us see whether e-voting will work or not.