E-Voting System in Nigeria

2276 WordsFeb 17, 201110 Pages
1.1 INTRODUCTION The term electronic voting is a blanket term used to describe an array of voting methods that operate using electronic technology. Electronic-Voting (also known as Biometric Voting) is the use of computer-based machine to display an election ballot and record the vote. E-voting machines typically use touch screens as the data entry method for a voter's selection. E-voting is different from online voting, where users vote over the Internet. Under the e-voting system, polling stations would be equipped with e-voting machines which are also known as Direct-Recording Electronic voting systems (DRE). The voter is required to touch the icon next to the intended party's symbol, on the screen, which would then be registered on…show more content…
E-voting machine is in the front burner. But we need legislative mandate to go ahead. If the law is amended on time to allow for the use of e-voting machine for the 2011 elections, INEC will come out with best machine in the world otherwise it will be of no use if we are not given mandate on time. If the law is amended two years before the elections, it will be implemented. But it is amended before six months before the elections, then is of no use. In the last elections, the law was reviewed and we had to go back to the use ballot papers. If they give us a go ahead in good time, we will adopt a robust machine in the next elections. If we use technology in the election, results will come out on time. Engr. Akem said: He was optimistic that if e-voting process piloted under the administration of Dr Chris Nwannenna as NCS President is adopted, politicians will be helpless at certain level to rig elections. “ We need NCS partnership to achieve a workable e-voting system. In terms of local content, NCS is involved in the data base of the electoral process”. 1.5 CHALLENGES OF E-VOTING SYSTEM a) Machine failures b) Vote flipping c) Possibility of inaccurate transmission of election results d) Usability problems The INEC and the NCS in a retreat noted that the
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