INEC INAUGURATES A 20 MEMBER INTER-AGENCY COMMITTEE ON ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEM
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has inaugurated a 20-member Inter-Agency Technical Committee to evaluate requirements for the successful deployment of indigenously developed e-voting solution offered by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).
The agency had in June 2017, paid a courtesy visit to the Commission led by the Honorable Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, for a demonstration of a proto-type e-voting machine developed by NASENI.
The INEC Chairman represented by National Commissioner, Okechukwu Ibeanu, while inaugurating the Committee which comprises of members from INEC, NASENI and the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, at the Commission’s Headquarters, Abuja, said it was out of that gratitude and excitement that the Commission proposed the setting up of the Technical Committee.
He reiterated the Commission’s commitment towards increasing the application of technology in the electoral process and expressed the gratitude that NASENI had gone that far in developing a machine that was not only going to help the process, but more importantly the Machine was indigenously developed.
The INEC Chairman noted that “there is no gainsaying the importance of electronic application of technology to the electoral process, particularly to the voting process. It not only increases the confidence of the electorate in the outcome, but also in many ways facilitates the work of the Commission”.
He pointed out that “part of the challenges the Commission has had over the years is the undue delay in votes casting, collation and result declaration. As such, every means of cutting down the turnaround time in that process is highly appreciated”.
Professor Yakubu urged the committee to diligently carry out the assignment and assured them of the full support of the Commission. He said “the commission looks forward to the outcome of the work of this technical committee with excitement. The commission is hundred percent committed to improving on this”.
Responding on behalf of the Committee, Engr Abbas A. Gummi, assured that the Committee would live up to the expectations of the confidence reposed on it and would deliver a very good report.
The Committee was given the following terms of reference: Determine the e-voting needs of INEC and present a compilation of requirements for INEC’s successful deployment of a suitable e-voting solution; evaluate the e-voting solution offered by NASENI in the light of the needs of INEC; assess the operational, technical and social issues associated with an e-voting system in Nigeria in the light of the NASENI solution; and consider the implications of extant electoral legal framework in nigeria for the introduction of –voting generally, and particularly the NASENI solution.
Others are to: Evaluate the sustainability of the NASENI e-voting solution in the light of other available solutions; consider any other issue relevant to INEC’s choice and deployment of an e-voting solution and submit a comprehensive report for consideration by NASENI and INEC.
Members of the Committee are: INEC Director ICT, Engr. Chidi Nwafor , (Chairman) ; INEC Director Voter Registry, Engr. Iro Gambo; INEC Director Voter Education & Publicity, Barr. Oluwole Osaze Uzzi; INEC Director of Electoral Operations, A. T Yusuf; INEC Director Planning & Monitoring, Okechukwu Ndeche; INEC Director Legal Services, Mrs. Oluwatosin Babalola; INEC Deputy Director ICT, Mr. Pascal Ukaenwe; INEC Deputy Director Voter Registry, Mr. Tony Nyema; and INEC Assistant Director ICT, Mr Moses Naiya.
Other members from NASENI and Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) are: Director (RCE) FMST, Engr. Abbas A. Gummi; Director (ICT) FMST, Mr. Leon Alibo; Director (TBO) NASENI, Mr. N. Pawa; MD (ELD) NASENI, Dr. P.I.Okwu; DD (EI) NASENI, Dr. Suleiman A. A; PTO/SA/ICT NASENI, Abdulkareem Umar; SPA NASENI, Samuel Kehinde; PA I NASENI, Yakubu Aliyu Doma; and SE NASENI, Mohammed Abdulazeez Aliyu, while Abimbola Oladunjoue and Anthonia E. Idemudia both of ICT department INEC would serve in the Committee’s secretariat.
SEVEN POLITICAL PARTIES TO CONTEST DUKKU NORTH STATE CONSTITUENCY BYE-ELECTION
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that seven Political Parties would field candidates for this Saturday’s Dukku State Constituency bye-election in Gombe.
According to a statement signed by the Acting Secretary to the Commission, John Irem, the Contesting parties are: the Action Alliance (AA) with Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed as its candidate; the Accord Party (A), sponsoring Abubakar Ibrahim Hashimu; the All Democratic Peoples Movement (APDM), fielding Yakubu Abubakar; and The All Progressives Peoples Congress (APC), which has Alhaji A. Inuwa as its candidate.
Others are: the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), which has Muhammed Ahmed Hashidu as its candidate; the Labour Party (LP), with Sirajo Mahammed as its flag bearer; and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fielding Sadiku Kawuwa Malala as its candidate.