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. He listed the challenges to include 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 minister expressed satisfaction with the performance of the machine, which was presented yesterday at NASENI headquarters. Onu added that the machine would also eliminate rigging in elections and allow the choice of the electorate to be upheld.
The minister explained that the machine’s speed of data capturing, voting and permanent voters card issuance would encourage a high voters turnout in elections. He said: “Our courts are filled with petitions showing that the results at the polling units in some cases were not a true reflection of those at the collation centres due to human intervention.
… Haruna said added the machine is a transmission unit that does not hold data, which make theft and snatching of ballot boxes impossible. He added that the system is in compliance with the INEC permanent voters card, adding that voters would not need to register afresh.