Monday, 18 April 2016

MAKING THE CASE FOR THE URGENT INTRODUCTION OF ELECTRONIC VOTING INTO THE NIGERIAN ELECTORAL PROCESS





The Nigerian electoral process has been steadily advancing over the past few years especially with the introduction of the smart card reader (SCR) in the 2015 General Elections. It is quite interesting to note that since the introduction of the card readers, the accreditation of voters has become much more transparent. In recently conducted elections there have been cases of overvoting occurring at a number of polling units which has led to the cancellation of results in such PUs. Because the actual voting is still done manually, it provides more opportunities for manipulation (overvoting can thus occur) just as manual accreditation was much easier to manipulate than the current smart card reader. It is clear that technology can truly optimize the electoral process in Nigeria significantly, if applied across all stages on Election Day. Usage of technology itself doesn’t eradicate all Election Day challenges but certainly it reduces the ability for subversion of the Election Day processes much more effectively. This workshop aims to make the case for urgently introducing technology into the entire voting process. 



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