The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu says there will be no electronic voting in the conduct of the 2019 general election, but technology would be deployed to further improve the electoral process. Professor Yakubu, was addressing the press at the end of a three-day International Conference on “Opportunities and
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu says there will be no electronic voting in the conduct of the 2019 general election, but technology would be deployed to further improve the electoral process.
Professor Yakubu, was addressing the press at the end of a three-day International Conference on “Opportunities and Challenges in the use of technology in Elections”. He is also the President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC).
The conference was organized by the INEC, the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), the Electoral Commissions Forum of Southern Africa Development Countries (ECF/SADC) and attracted participants from more than 30 countries from West and southern African sub-regions.
According to the INEC boss, “I want to categorically say that the commission is not deploying electronic voting in 2019 but we will deploy technology for the collation and transmission of electronic results and we believe that by doing so we will collate, transmit and declare results more speedily and more accurately.”
Also, Nigerian citizens would be involved through the “Citizens Mandate Protection” in addition to forms that will be issued to political parties and their agents at polling stations.
“With technology, election is in the hands of the people. We want to assure you that technology has come to stay in the conduct of elections in the two sub regions and we are not just talking about actual voting, collation and transmission of results but all other processes including the confirmation of the voters register. Technology will be deployed in all the processes including the tracking of logistics for elections.
“We are to deploy technology within our various legal frameworks within the regions. Election is not just about technology, it is about the confidence of the people in the electoral process.
“We will continue to do whatever that is required to ensure that we retain the confidence of our people because election at the end of the day is not just about technology it is about the people and about the peoples’ confidence in the process. Technology is a facilitator it is never an end in itself,” he said.
He posited that despite the challenges associated with technology, the commission has put in place strategies to transmit election results efficiently and securely. He said with the efforts being made to improve the electoral process; elections were going beyond the capacity of electoral commission to manipulate.
President of ECES, Monica Frassaoni, who described the conference as being fruitful, noted that the views expressed during the three-day conference would form the basis of ECES support for Nigeria in the 2019 elections.