The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has said that the commission remains committed to improving electoral processes in the country.
According to him, one of the things it plans to implement in the coming year is the introduction of electronic balloting.
Prof Yakubu said the commission intends to introduce this during the Anambra elections, taking place in 2021.
“The commission is committed to introducing at least electronic balloting in the major election we are going to conduct next year, which happens to be the Anambra governorship election and thereafter, with the support of the National Assembly, we hope that the legal environment will improve such that we can also go ahead to collate and transmit results electronically”.
The INEC boss said this during a town hall meeting tagged Fixing Nigerian Elections, adding that “at present, the law doesn’t permit that because the system is essentially manual”.
He made the comments while responding to a question about what he would like to improve about the electoral system in the country.
“There are quite a number of issues, one of which is the deployment of technology,” the INEC boss said.
“We would like a situation where the electoral legal environment is reformed in such a manner that will continue to deepen the deployment of technology in elections.