Electronic voting likely in 2015, says Attahiru Jega

Electronic voting in Nigeria is likely in the 2015 general elections said INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega.

According to him, contracts are currently being awarded for the production of a permanent voter register which will be embedded in electronic chips on cards.

The INEC Chairman revealed this during a recent visit to Nigerian newspaper publishing house, The Nation.

In his words:

“We are working to ensure that if by 2015, the legal framework is amended to allow for electronic voting, we may be able to see it through, provided the funding and facilities are available to get electronic voting machines.

“We have gone very far with the award of the contract for the permanent voters register. It is going to be in embedded chip contact lens cards. Each card will carry all the information about the voter, with all his biometric data, from fingerprint to photograph and so on.

“Our hope is that in 2015, at the minimum, we are going to have an authentic verification of anybody who presents himself or herself at the polling unit for voting. We will have card readers, and it will automatically verify whether you are the genuine owner of a card.

“If the law is amended in good time and we’re able to have the resources and to convince the public that we can do electronic voting, then we will also be ready because the chip-based card can be made compatible with an electronic voting system.

The Chairman’s dream is that come 2015, there would be a more technology based electoral process in the country.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it is feasible and do you believe in Professor Jega’s ability to get the job done?


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