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INEC Rules out Electronic Voting until Constitution is Amended

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday explained that there cannot be any electronic voting in Nigeria until the 1999 Constitution as amended is further amended to authorise it.

The commission also said the COVID-19 pandemic had increased the cost of elections in the country and conversely reduced sources of government revenue.

It, however, promised to find a balance between the increased cost of elections and reduced revenue to conduct the Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.

Reacting to reports that the commission will introduce electronic voting with the Anambra State governorship election in 2021, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, said in a statement that INEC had no such plans.

“What the policy says under “ICT and Voter Registration” (Roman figure v – page 12) is that INEC will pilot the use of electronic voting at the earliest possible time (not Edo and Ondo), but work towards the full introduction of electronic voting in major elections starting from 2021.

“The key words here are pilot, work and towards,” he stated.

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