Evoting in Nigeria

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun Nov 29 2009 - 16:57:04 CST


Nigeria’s House of Representatives Shelves Electronic Voting

The House of Representatives said Nigeria cannot afford to adopt the
electronic voting system now because of the high level of illiteracy
amongst the electorate, the challenge of epileptic power as well as
the huge cost implications inherent in the project. The House urged
INEC to discard the use of ad-hoc staff in future elections as well as
to employ not less than 3,000 graduates to man its polling units

Chairman, House Committee on Electoral Matters, Musa Adar, disclosed
this at the weekly media interaction with the parliamentary press
corps. Adar, who acknowledged that the electronic voting system could
enhance transparency in the country's electoral system, however, said
the idea should be deferred till the next ten years when a reasonable
percentage of the voting population would have acquired basic
education and computer knowledge.

Adar said that rather than jumping into electronic voting system, INEC
should discard the use of ad-hoc staff in future elections and employ
not less than 3,000 graduates to ensure that every polling unit was
fully manned by competent and dedicated staff of the electoral body.

According to Adar, adopting electronic voting system cannot be a
priority for Nigeria now as even some advanced democracies were still
conducting their election using the manual voting system.

"Let us be honest to ourselves. We are not yet literate enough for
electronic voting. You cannot expect to take it (voting machine) to my
village where all the graduates are not more than 10 and expect it to
be used for election.

"Our committee believes that it is going to gulp too much money at
this material time when we need constant power supply, abundant food
production and good healthcare delivery. We believe that the issue of
electronic voting should be differed until other time when we have
solved these problems in the next five or 10 years," he said.

Adar advised that before Nigeria could adopt the electronic voting
system, the Independent National Electoral Commission must also build
the capacity of its personnel in information technology for a number
of years and conduct pilot schemes to ascertain the level of success
in the proposed system.
(Source: This Day)

Edward Mokurai (默雷/धर्ममेघशब्दगर्ज/دھرممیگھشبدگر ج) Cherlin
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