The Nigerian House of Representatives is set to adopt the electronic voting system in the conduct of its activities. According to a statement by Special Adviser (Media) to the Speaker, Turaki Hassan, the move is in compliance with the legislative agenda.
With the electronic voting system in place, every Nigeria, rather than just being TV observers would be able to monitor the e-voting process of all the 360 members of the House of representative since the technology which will be supported by internet and intranet access.
E-voting technology can include punched cards, optical scan voting systems and specialized voting kiosks (including self-contained direct-recording electronic voting systems, or DRE). It can also involve transmission of ballots and votes via telephones, private computer networks, or the Internet.
While attempting to curb irregularities during the last election, INEC deployed smart card readers to verify the authenticity of PVCs at polling booths and also processing biometric authentication. The smart card readers may not have been without their flaws, but their introduction was helpful and more so, a step in the right direction. And with that, this move couldn’t have been more timely.
In this age and time when other countries are deploying technology to ensure transparency in electoral process and even serve as a platform for restoring health, Nigeria couldn’t have waited any longer to introduce this measure.
Perhaps if we weren’t talking about producing pencil and sending real astronauts to space prior to now, we’d have had a clearer picture of what is needful. Hopefully, the electronic voting system would be the beginning of further initiatives.
Other initiatives that will be introduced, according to the legislative agenda, include the establishment and equipping of a Parliamentary Information Centre where information and documents of the National Assembly will be made available.
What do you think about this electronic voting system been introduced in the House?