INEC is on the path to e-voting, speaks with technology companies

The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) recently confirmed they have started shop for electronic replacement of the current manual voting system.

The Commission says they are already in touch with technology people to ascertain the options available to the Commission for the transition to e-voting. Some of such technology companies and manufacturers have been invited to demonstrate their products.

The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, pointed that he commission has been gradually hinging towards a fully electronic voting system inn the past decade. He pointed that the Commission has continued to automate critical factors for an electronic process.

He highlighted role that the biometric voter cards commonly known as the Permanent Voter Card and the Smart Card Reader have played in recent years in the process of making elections in Nigeria credible.

Other instances of ICT application by the Commission include use of a portal to facilitate the nomination of candidates for elective offices by political parties and the accreditation of observers and the media for elections.

More importantly, the commission now hosts a portal for the uploading of polling unit level results in real-time on Election Day to a portal for public view. 

The Chairman says that all the 40 companies that expressed interest in delivering the technologies will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their solutions.

He acknowledged the yearnings of Nigerians for the deepening of technology application in the electoral system of the country.

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