Why we won’t adopt e-voting in 2015 – INEC

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Despite the advantages derivable from electronic voting, the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, will not adopt this modern system in next year’s general elections.

This was disclosed yesterday by Mr Kayode Idowu, the Special Adviser on Media to the Chairman of INEC Prof. Attahiru Jega through an e-mail he sent to Vanguard.

VP Sambo voting in Kaduna

VP Sambo voting in Kaduna

Giving reasons why INEC won’t adopt electronic voting for now despite its numerous advantages, Idowu said that the law barring the commission from introducing the system is yet to be amended. He added that the time to prepare for its introduction in next year’s polls is too short even if the Electoral Act is amended now.

According to him: “… Even if the prohibition of electronic voting is reversed soon, it is quite late for the elections which is barely eight months away.‬”

Responding to recent allegations made by Chief Bisi Akande, the Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Idowu expressed serious doubt about the possibility of voters’ names being repeated in the present electoral register.

He asked for evidence from the APC leader to buttress his allegation.
Said he: ” Honestly, it is difficult to understand this allegation.”

” How could names be repeated? By what mechanism could that have come about?” he asked.

He declared: “It doesn’t stand to reason; you should perhaps ask for evidence.”
In his response to the allegation that names of some residents of Akande’s ward in Oshogbo who registered in 2011 were omitted from the voters register that was displayed in Oshun state last week, he explained that such persons may have either registered twice or failed to update their data during the subsequent continuous voters registration exercise which took place in the state.

He urged such persons to come out during the forth-coming voters registration exercise to update their data with INEC.

The INEC spokesman also dismissed Akande’s allegation that 100,000 names were smuggled into the voters list during last year’s Ondo State governorship election as a claim that had already been thrown out by the court and “couldn’t be pushed again through other means”.

It would be recalled that Akande had expressed reservations over the voters register in Oshun State during INEC’s distribution of permanent voters cards in the state last week.

The exercise was conducted as part of the Commission’s preparations for the Oshun State governorship election scheduled to hold next August.

Despite the advantages derivable from electronic voting, the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, will not adopt this modern system in next year’s general elections.

This was disclosed yesterday by Mr Kayode Idowu, the Special Adviser on Media to the Chairman of INEC Prof. Attahiru Jega through an e-mail he sent to Vanguard.

Giving reasons why INEC won’t adopt electronic voting for now despite its numerous advantages, Idowu said that the law barring the commission from introducing the system is yet to be amended. He added that the time to prepare for its introduction in next year’s polls is too short even if the Electoral Act is amended now.

According to him: “… Even if the prohibition of electronic voting is reversed soon, it is quite late for the elections which is barely eight months away.‬”

Responding to recent allegations made by Chief Bisi Akande, the Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Idowu expressed serious doubt about the possibility of voters’ names being repeated in the present electoral register.

He asked for evidence from the APC leader to buttress his allegation.

Said he: ” Honestly, it is difficult to understand this allegation.”

” How could names be repeated? By what mechanism could that have come about?” he asked.

He declared: “It doesn’t stand to reason; you should perhaps ask for evidence.”

In his response to the allegation that names of some residents of Akande’s ward in Oshogbo who registered in 2011 were omitted from the voters register that was displayed in Oshun state last week, he explained that such persons may have either registered twice or failed to update their data during the subsequent continuous voters registration exercise which took place in the state.

He urged such persons to come out during the forth-coming voters registration exercise to update their data with INEC.

The INEC spokesman also dismissed Akande’s allegation that 100,000 names were smuggled into the voters list during last year’s Ondo State governorship election as a claim that had already been thrown out by the court and “couldn’t be pushed again through other means”.

It would be recalled that Akande had expressed reservations over the voters register in Oshun State during INEC’s distribution of permanent voters cards in the state last week.

The exercise was conducted as part of the Commission’s preparations for the Oshun State governorship election scheduled to hold next August.

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