The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it is updating its adopted electoral technologies with a view to adopting new ones in order to strengthen the conduct of the country’s elections before 2023.
This was reported by Mr. Nick Dazang, INEC Director of the Department of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), at a workshop for the Department on the ‘National Voter Education Manual Examination’ held in Keffi, Nasarawa State, on Tuesday.
Dazang, speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the workshop, revealed that after 2004, when INEC introduced optical map registration forms, the process of electronic voting began.
Dazang said, “After that in 2010, the commission introduced the use of direct data capture machines, and then expanded the use of the machines in the conduct of the 2011 election.”
“So, we’ve started the process as far back as 2004, culminating in the use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR) and the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) that we also used in 2015.”
“But the commission is reviewing this process with a view to upgrading and improving the conduct of elections in 2023.”
“The commission wants to introduce new technologies that’ll help deepen the conduct of the elections and also improve on them. So the commission is working assiduously on that.”
“Very soon, when the Commission has taken a position, it’ll come out and explain to Nigerians how this is going to be done.”