«[…] The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has confirmed the electronic voting system will not be used in the 2019 general elections. Professor Yakubu stated this on Friday, while addressing participants at the International Press Institute world conference, which took place in Abuja. “There is no electronic balloting in 2019. In other words, there will be no electronic voting in the next general election but technology is already being used in many aspects of the processes. […]»
«[…] Building an electronic voting system requires programming experience and an understanding of election processes. Often, nations need to look outside the organization to establish an online voting system either because they lack the necessary expertise or because building such a system internally would put an unreasonable strain on their resources. If an outside vendor is required, the challenge will be to find an election partner as serious about elections as the agency is. INEC should ask for potential partners for references and research their track records. As stated earlier, we commend the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission that set the ball rolling for a good outing which provided all parties a level playing field and the Kaduna State government for creating an enabling environment for the whole process. We also commend the electorate for conducting themselves in the manner they did. We see this as a fresh insight in the effort to deepen the nation’s democracy. […]»
Globally, 26 countries conduct elections with one form of electronic voting or the other with some even allowing internet ballots for general elections. In 2014, Namibia joined the list becoming the first African country to conduct an e-voting election. Nigeria has made moves too.
In 2017, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), unveiled a solar-powered electronic voting machine that was reportedly made in Nigeria. Ever since this announcement, Nigerians have clamoured for electronic voting in the 2019 general elections but this may be a bad idea.
Kaduna State recently made history when it pulled off Nigeria’s first electronic voting in its local government elections.
About 6000 units of the electronic voting machine were bought. Public enlightenment on the machines was done, using public demonstrations and an online video. SIECOM lost 140 of the EVMs to the recent fire in its offices. But the remaining machines are more than sufficient for the 5,101 polling units in the state.
However, The Guardian learnt that the electronic voting machine (EVM) was built specifically for KADSIECOM by Chinese based SMPTECH, the same company that built the handheld PVC scanners for the 2015 Nigerian general elections. The EVMS are box like devices shaped in medium sized printers weighing 12kg.It was also gathered that the 6000 units of the EVM already procured for the local government elections has the list of 46 political parties that participated in the election.
Among the opposition parties that withdrew from the Kaduna council poll include, Social Democratic Party (SDP), African Democratic Congress (ADC), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Labour Party (LP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), National Unity Party (NUP), among others.
Speaking at a press conference in Kaduna under the umbrella of Kaduna Coalition of Political Parties (KCPP), the chairman, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim said parties refused to participate in the polls, because the State Electoral body had decided to abandon INEC criteria for the conduct of elections in the country.
Il voto elettronico è incompatibile con le caratteristiche costituzionali del processo elettorale che deve mantenere la sua natura pubblica e verificabile dal cittadino senza alcuna conoscenza specializzata.