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2023 Elections: INEC Set to Review, Introduce New Technologies

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is reviewing its adopted technologies ahead of the 2023 general elections, with the view of initiating new ones in order to improve election processes in the country.

This was made known by the INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity Department (VEP), Nick Dazang, at a departmental on the “Review of National Voter Education Manual” held in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

Dazang told newsmen that INEC began the process for electronic voting in 2004 when optic map registration forms were first introduced.

He said, “After that in 2010, the commission introduced the use of direct data capture machines, and then expanded the use of the machines in the conduct of the 2011 election.

“So, we’ve started the process as far back as 2004, culminating in the use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR) and the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) that we also used in 2015.

“But the commission is reviewing this process with a view to upgrading and improving the conduct of elections in 2023.

“The commission wants to introduce new technologies that’ll help deepen the conduct of the elections and also improve on them. So the commission is working assiduously on that.

“Very soon, when the Commission has taken a position, it’ll come out and explain to Nigerians how this is going to be done.”