Mon, Oct 02, 2023

INEC sets up committee on e-voting system

INEC sets up committee on e-voting system

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has inaugurated a 20-member Inter-Agency Technical Committee to assess an indigenously developed e-voting system.

The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, in Abuja.

The e-voting machine was developed by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI)

The agency, led by the Minister for Science and Technology,  Ogbonnaya Onu, had in June paid a courtesy visit to INEC for a demonstration of a proto-type e-voting machine developed by NASENI.

Osaze-Uzzi stated that the committee was inaugurated to evaluate the requirements for the successful deployment of the indigenous e-voting technology.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, inaugurating the Committee reiterated the commitment of the electoral body towards increasing the application of technology in the electoral process.

Yakubu, who was represented by INEC National Commissioner, Okechukwu Ibeanu, said he was happy that NASENI had gone that far in developing the machine.

He said that the machine would not only help the process, but more importantly it was indigenously developed.

The application of electronic technology to the electoral process, particularly to the voting process according to Yakubu, would increase the confidence of the electorate in the outcome.

He added that it would also in many ways facilitate the work of INEC.



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