INEC will study card readers and present new technologies
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Tuesday that it is reviewing its technology adopted for elections with the aim of introducing new …
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Tuesday that it is reviewing its electoral technologies with the aim of introducing new ones to improve elections by 2023.
Director of INEC Voter Education and Advertising Department (VEP) Mr. Nick Dazang announced this at the Revision of National Voter Education Guidelines department seminar in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The five-day workshop is organized by INEC in partnership with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).
Dazang, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the seminar, said that INEC began the e-voting process since 2004, when it submitted registration forms for optical cards.
“Later in 2010, the commission introduced the use of machines for direct data collection and then expanded the use of machines for the 2011 elections.
“So we started this process back in 2004, culminating in the use of a Smart Card Reader (SCR) and Permanent Voter Card (PVC), which we also used in 2015.
“But the commission is studying this process to update and improve the conduct of elections in 2023.
“The Commission wants to introduce new technologies that will help deepen the conduct of elections, as well as improve them. So the commission is working hard on this.
“Very soon, when the Commission takes a position, it will come out and explain to the Nigerians how this will be done,” Dazang said.
He said that with the introduction of new technologies, INEC will return to using card readers and will likely introduce other technologies that will perfectly work with electronic voting in 2023.
“The commission has been working on this in recent months, and by the will of God in the coming months, the commission will present its position to the public.”
He said that INEC will continue to introduce new technologies into the electoral system, not with the help of imagination, but with the help of already working technologies.
He noted that the commission has no regrets about the technologies it has already implemented to conduct elections in Nigeria, as they helped deepen the process and increase transparency.
Dazang said the commission is also reviewing its voter education system to enable it to better explain the planned technology to Nigerians.
Voter Education Review Commission
“In analyzing our voter training, we are looking at some dynamics, including the technologies that the Commission intends to implement.
“We need to be aware of the issues so that we can explain the application of these technologies to Nigerians, as we did when we introduced SCRs, direct data acquisition machines and PVCs.
He described voter education as a key part of the electoral process, requiring a concerted effort not only from INEC, but also from all stakeholders.
“If you look at what is happening around the world, including Nigeria, you will see that there are so many changes that require an urgent revision of voter education.”
This, he said, includes the question of changes in technology and COVID-19, saying we need to change our communication process in order to respond to change.
“We need to change our communications in response to the growing young population. We must use strategies that resonate with youth and women. ”
Changes to the election law
Regarding the amendment to the electoral law, Dazang said the commission has worked seriously with the two committees of the National Assembly, adding that significant progress has been made with the amendment.
He expressed optimism that NASS will meet the challenge of delivering on its promise to Nigeria to change the electoral law by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
Regarding the election of governor of Anambra, Dazang said the commission would publish the date and calendar of the elections in due course, at the latest within six months of the holding.
He urged the staff of the commission to keep abreast of new technologies and continue to adhere to the COVID-19 security protocols.
Speaking earlier, Adebovale Olorunmola, National Representative of the Water Framework Directive in Nigeria, pledged that the foundation will continue to support INEC to deepen voter education in Nigeria, especially at the grassroots level.
The foundation began a partnership with INEC in 2015, he said, to ensure greater involvement of women and people with disabilities in the electoral process.
Olorunmola thanked INEC for deepening voter education and expanding an inclusive electoral process for women and people with disabilities, and for ensuring that voters exercise their rights in a more informed way.
“There is nothing better than a developed democracy, but the work continues. If you look at what has happened in the United States, despite its decades of democratic practice, it is still looking to deepen voter education, ”he added.
Source: – Daily Trust