By Omeiza Ajayi & Stephanie Afer
ABUJA— As part of efforts to actualise electronic voting system in the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has inaugurated a 20-member inter-agency technical committee to evaluate requirements for the successful deployment of solutions developed by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI.
INEC in its bulletin, yesterday, recalled that the agency had in June 2017, paid a courtesy visit to the commission, led by Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, for a demonstration of a prototype e-voting machine developed by NASENI.
Inaugurating the committee, which comprises members from INEC, NASENI and the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said it was out of that gratitude and excitement that the commission proposed the setting up of the technical committee.
He reiterated the commission’s commitment towards increasing the application of technology in the electoral process and expressed the gratitude that NASENI had gone that far in developing a machine that would not only help the process, but more was importantly, indigenously developed.
Represented by a National Commissioner, Prof, Okechukwu Ibeanu, Yakubu noted that “there is no gainsaying the importance of electronic application of technology to the electoral process, particularly to the voting process.
“It not only increases the confidence of the electorate in the outcome, but also in many ways facilitates the work of the Commission.”
Responding on behalf of the committee, Abbas Gummi, assured that the committee would live up to the expectations of the confidence reposed on it and would deliver a very good report.
Members of the c’ttee
Members of the committee are: INEC Director ICT, Chidi Nwafor (Chairman) ; INEC Director Voter Registry, Iro Gambo; INEC Director Voter Education & Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi; INEC Director of Electoral Operations, A. T Yusuf; INEC Director Planning & Monitoring, Okechukwu Ndeche; INEC Director Legal Services, Mrs. Oluwatosin Babalola; INEC Deputy Director ICT, Mr. Pascal Ukaenwe; INEC Deputy Director Voter Registry, Mr. Tony Nyema; and INEC Assistant Director ICT, Mr Moses Naiya.
Other members from NASENI and Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) are Abbas Gummi; Mr. Leon Alibo; Mr. N. Pawa, Dr. P. I.Okwu, Dr. Suleiman A. A, Abdulkareem Umar, Samuel Kehinde, Yakubu Aliyu Doma and Mohammed Abdulazeez Aliyu, while Abimbola Oladunjoue and Anthonia E. Idemudia, both of ICT Department, INEC, would serve in the committee’s secretariat.