Appropriate technology will ensure transparent & credible electoral process — INEC chairman, Yakubu
“In Nigeria, we are convinced that the use of appropriate technology is one of the best guarantees for the transparency and credibility of the electoral process” – INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu told a visiting Electoral Commission of Liberia delegation on Thursday, 29 July in Abuja.
INEC has since introduced electronic registration and voting. It has also given assurance on its capacity to transmit poll results electronically, after successfully piloting the system in the last two governorship elections.
But against popular expectations, Nigeria’s National Assembly in a controversial move recently voted against electronic transmission of poll results. It instead, requires INEC to obtain prior approval from the Assembly, against provisions of the National Constitution.
But the Federal lawmakers have an opportunity to redeem themselves when the Assembly meets in a Joint Committee session to harmonize the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021.
For this long-delayed Act to be applied in the 2023 elections, it must be assented to by the President at least six months before hand, in line with the Electoral Protocol of the regional bloc, ECOWAS.
Recall that INEC in 2018 hosted in Abuja, a well-attended International Conference on the use of technology in elections, which recommended improvements to electoral integrity.