Thursday, 6 September 2012

Electronic Voting In Nigeria

Going by the words of the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Tuesday 4th September 2012 at the 2012 National Conference of the Institute of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsuka, electronic voting would be possible during the 2015 election. This he said can only come to pass if it is included in the current constitutional amendment by the National Assembly. 

Jega said that INEC is a law abiding commission, therefore they cannot do anything outside the constitution, so they cannot adopt electronic voting for the 2015 election unless recognized by law.

He however promised that the commission will sensitize the public on its usage as soon as it is included in the constitution. He said that INEC will continue to use modern technology to reduce electoral fraud. The voters’ card he said have been computerized such that machine card readers will be used to authenticate voters’ card ownership during elections.

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