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Friday, 16 June 2017

INEC Disagrees With Solar-Powered E-Voting Machine (Read Why)

INEC Disagrees With Solar-Powered E-Voting Machine (Read Why)

INEC Disagrees With Solar-Powered E-Voting Machine (Read Why)



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has rejected the solar-powered electronic voting machine made by the National Agency of Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), after the INEC chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud.

According to sources at the meeting, held behind closed doors, expressed fears that the machine could fail in the middle of the exercise and cause problems, leading to litigation against the commission.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has rejected the solar-powered electronic voting machine made by the National Agency of Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), after the INEC chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud, according to sources at the meeting, held behind closed doors, expressed fears that the machine could fail in the middle of the exercise and cause problems, leading to litigation against the commission.

The machine which was formally presented to INEC National Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mamoud, by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and his team, led by the Director General of NASENI, Dr. Mohammed Haruna, at INEC headquarters in Abuja yesterday was said to be able to accommodate five elections at once and produce results within minutes.

In keeping with the source, who witnessed the presentation, discovered on condition of anonymity to leading edge that inec chairman, prof. Yakubu mamoud, and pinnacle officers of the fee have been visibly surprised that naseni ought to produce such novel technology however felt that inec may not be ready to undertake it for the subsequent trendy election. The supply stated that in an oblique pass to out rightly reject the system and appease the technological know-how and era minister, mahmoud opted to raise a technical committee to in addition brainstorm on the workability of the vote casting device. The technical committee is anticipated to submit its file on july 29 this 12 months.

Angered by Mamoud’s decision, the Minister of Science and Technology challenged INEC to adopt the machine and deploy it for 2019 general elections, having tested and confirmed it to be efficient enough to meet INEC’s standard and requirements.

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