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INEC to Continue to Enhance the Electoral Process with Technology



Hajiya Amina Bala Zakari, the Acting Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that the commission would continue to ensure that there is transparency in the electoral process in the country by going for more technology.

According to the INEC boss, the commission would include more technology in addition to the card reader into the electoral process of the country. Though, Hajiya Amina did not mention what the new device to be introduced was but she did say that the new technology would ensure transparency and efficiency.

She described the card reader introduced by the immediate last INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega as one of the best things experienced in the Nigerian electoral process. Her statement was contained in the INEC daily bulletin of yesterday.

Talking about the gubernatorial elections that will be held soon in Kogi and Bayelsa States, the INEC boss said that the commission was committed in conducting credible elections in these states. She ensured the electorates that INEC would not be biased with electoral process in these states.

INEC according to Amina would do everything to sensitise the electorate in Kogi and Bayelsa to participate actively in the election process including the registration of voters.

Amina promised that all eligible voters would cast their votes during the elections. The INEC boss also mentioned that the Commission has started procuring elections materials for these elections and possible bye-elections that election tribunals across the country may order.

Amina mentioned that INEC would begin to look for ad hoc staffs and train them to carry out the process credibly. According to her, to ensure that there is security during the elections in the two states mentioned above, the Commission is working together with Agency Consultative Committee.