Friday, April 28, 2006

Nigerian News - INEC May Drop Electronic Voting Machine

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may drop the Electronic Voting Machine from the Electronic Voting System (EVS) following its deletion from the Electoral Bill 2006 by the National Assembly. INEC’s new thinking came to the fore yesterday during a stakeholders’ interactive forum organized by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) INEC, in preparation for the electronic voters’ registration exercise starting tomorrow.

The FCT INEC National Commissioner, Hon. Setley Daze, who disclosed this at the forum said: “INEC has not identified any electronic machine or vendor for the EVM for use for the 2007 elections. INEC only included it in the proposed Electoral Act.
“If it comes, fine, because it would help as a pilot scheme. Even if we don’t get it, we have capabilities to conduct free and fair general elections in 2007 using the other three methods.” The other methods include the Election Management System (EMS), which was launched just last week, the Electronic Voters’ Registration (EVR) and Electronic Transmission Result (ETR).

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