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INEC plans electronic voting for the 2023 general election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is working hard to improve elections and introduce technology to achieve the long-awaited electronic voting in the 2023 general election.

To achieve this, the Commission is considering technologies already adopted in the election, such as card readers and the recently introduced INEC RESULT VIEWING (IReV). This allows you to see the results of your voting unit in real time once the vote is complete.

Nick Dazan, director of INEC’s Voter Education and Public Relations Office (VEP), disclosed this at his workshop on the “Review of the National Voter Education Manual” held in Keffi, Nasarawa on Tuesday.

Dazan, who spoke with journalists beside the workshop, said the electronic voting process began in 2004 when INEC introduced the optical map registration form.

He said that by introducing new technology, INEC will revisit the use of card readers and introduce other technologies in 2023 that can work seamlessly with electronic voting.

An INEC spokesman said:
“Then, in 2010, the Commission introduced the use of direct data collection machines and expanded the use of machines in the 2011 elections.

“That’s why we started the process until 2004 and decided to use the smart card reader (SCR) and permanent voter card (PVC) that we used in 2015, but the committee nexted this process: We are looking to improve and improve the implementation of the 2023 elections.

“The Commission wants to introduce new technologies that can help deepen and improve elections, so the Commission is working hard on this.

“Soon, when the Commission takes its position, the Commission will come out and explain to the Nigerians how this is done.

“The Commission has been working on it in the past few months, and in the next few months God’s will will make the Commission publicly aware of its position.”

Dazang also said the Commission is reviewing voter education to better explain the planned technology to Nigerians.

“When considering our voter education, we are looking at specific dynamics, including the technology that the Commission is trying to introduce.

“We need to be aware of the problem so that we can explain the application of these technologies to Nigerians, just as we did when we introduced SCR, direct data collectors and PVC,” he said.

VEP Director revealed that INEC is seriously working with two parliamentary committees on election law amendments that are making significant profits.

He expressed his hope that Parliament would keep its promise to Nigerians to amend the election law by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

INEC plans electronic voting for the 2023 general election INEC plans electronic voting for the 2023 general election

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