Nigeria proposes new e-voting device to replace card reader

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) is proposing a new e-voting device to replace the card reader presently in use.

The proposal and presentation was made on Thursday by Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Engr. Mohammed Sani Haruna at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

A statement by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, revealed that the proposal is a made-in-Nigeria Solar-Powered Electronic Voting System with cloud-based collation of election results.

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The new solution if approved, may be a replacement of the Card Reader, and it’s attendant electronic woes in the conduct of elections in the country.

According to the proposal the e-voting device will minimize human interference with the electoral process.

The same proposal, which has already been presented to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is also expected to be presented to the National Assembly soon.

The card reader has been bedeviled with challenges in the conduct of elections in the country, undermining the efforts of government to conduct credible elections.



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