7 Jun 2017

Nigeria's First Locally Made E-Voting Machine Unvield by the Ministry of Science.

In a bid to eliminate electoral rigging in elections, The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has unveiled an electronic voting machine locally made by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).

The Minister, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed that the machine would eliminate the challenges associated with electronic voting in the country, which include the delay in logistics, distribution of electoral materials, ballot box snatching and disparity in results collated at polling centres with those announced by the electoral body.

The machine was first introduced on January 30, 2017. The final product would be handed over to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the National Assembly and the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Muhammed Haruna explained that the machine could allow the presidential, gubernatorial and National Assembly election results to be released within some few minutes.

Haruna added that the machine is a transmission unit that does not hold data, which make thefts and snatching of ballot boxes impossible. The system is in compliance with the INEC permanent voters card, adding that voters would not need to register afresh.

This took a long time coming, I remember voting back then in the University of Ibadan were done electronically, and we had faith in the result and electoral system.

What do you think of this new initiative?, Do you think our votes would count and the coming elections would be free of rigging? Please share your thoughts