INEC Rules Out Electronic Voting Until Constitution Is Amended » Gisthour
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday clarified that there can’t be any digital voting in Nigeria till the 1999 Constitution as amended is additional amended to authorize it.
“What the policy says under “ICT and Voter Registration” (Roman determine v- web page 12) is that INEC will pilot the usage of digital voting on the earliest doable time (not Edo and Ondo), however work in the direction of the total introduction of digital voting in main elections ranging from 2021.
“The key words here are pilot, work and towards,” he said.
He stated these connoted a distinct that means from the headlines in some media stories yesterday.
A bit of the media whereas reporting the discharge of pointers for the Edo and Ondo States’ governorship elections later this yr, had stated INEC would take a look at run digital voting for election in 2021.
“As we all know, INEC cannot unilaterally introduce electronic voting because our constitution does not allow/recognise it. That’s why we said we will work towards the full introduction of e-voting,” he added.
The fee stated it was unlucky that some newspapers gave a distinct interpretation to the actual side of the rules.
Also, INEC National Commissioner in control of Voter Education and Public Information, Mr. Festus Okoye, informed THISDAY that the COVID-19 pandemic had elevated the price of elections and decreased authorities revenues.
“No doubt, this pandemic has elevated the price of conducting elections.
There are further prices when it comes to duties. During elections, a coaster bus carries as much as 40 electoral personnel, however now it has to scale back to seven and that is a further monetary burden. We have to offer protecting tools to election employees and hand sanitisers in addition to facial masks. All these imply further funding.
“But a lot as we recognise that there’s further funding, we’re going to use electronics companies; this can cut back some prices. National commissioners go for electoral duties by air; this time round, they might use digital units to do a number of the works.
“Doing the works electronically may cut back the excessive price of the elections. Like within the proposed conferences with stakeholders, the fee may conduct a number of the scheduled actions electronically and this would scale back the anticipated price of the election.
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