Electronic voting possible in 2015, if… – Jega

Attahiru Jega

The INEC chair says that a constitutional amendment can ensure that voters can vote electronically in 2015.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, on Tuesday said electronic voting would be possible in 2015 if the National Assembly includes it in the current constitutional amendment.

Mr. Jega said this in Nsukka on Tuesday at the 2012 Annual National Conference of the Institute of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

According to him, unless there is a constitutional amendment, electronic voting cannot be adopted for the 2015 general elections. He said the commission would not do anything that is not recognised by the constitution.

“The commission will sensitise the citizens on its usage as soon as it has been included in the constitution,” Mr. Jega said. “INEC will continue to use modern technology to reduce electoral frauds during elections.”

The electoral commission boss stated further that voters card in 2015 have been computerised “so that machine card readers will be used to authenticate voter card ownership during election.”

Entrepreneurial education

At the conference, whose theme was “Development and Entrepreneurial Education,”Mr. Jega said that entrepreneurial education would play a vital role in reducing unemployment as well as make graduates job-creators instead of job seekers.

“Entrepreneurial education will be meaningless if those who acquire the skill are not patriotic and disciplined in their chosen careers,” he said.

He added that government should ensure adequate funding of the education sector and meet the welfare of stakeholders.

In his remark, the Vice Chancellor, Bartho Okolo, represented by Isaac Asuzu, said that entrepreneurial education if effectively implemented would make graduates self-reliant.

“It has become imperative to include entrepreneurial education in the curriculum so as to reduce the magnitude of unemployment in the country,” he said.

The University don urged the conference participants to come out with a framework on how to successfully implement entrepreneurial education.’

In his remark, a Professor in the Faculty of Education of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Musa Balarabe, appreciated the inclusion of entrepreneurial education in the university system, but said the education sector must be well funded.

“Government and stakeholders in education must show sincerity of purpose and commitment for entrepreneurship to yield the required result,” he said.

Earlier in his remark, the director of the institute, Nkadi Onyegegbu, said the institute decided to choose Mr. Jega as keynote speaker to enable participants tap from his wealth of experience as a don, and INEC national chairman.


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