Monday, June 25, 2018

‘There will be no electronic voting in 2019’ – INEC reveals

Addressing participants at the International Press Institute world conference which took place in Abuja, INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed that there will be no use of the electronic voting system in the 2019 general elections.

This is coming after many Nigerians called for the use of electronic voting in the forthcoming election, which they argued will prevent rigging and electoral malpractice during the election. However Professor Yakubu said;
“There is no electronic balloting in 2019. In other words, there will be no electronic voting in the next general election but technology is already being used in many aspects of the processes.
“Electronic voting should be the ultimate step in the chain involving five inter-related processes,” he said.
The occasion also saw the adoption of the revised 2018 edition of the Nigerian Media Code of election coverage by media stakeholders across the country, with the European Union pledging to support free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria.

This disclosure is coming after Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, accused the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of colluding to preload card readers for the July 14 governorship election in the state.

The governor said the plot to manipulate the poll in favour of the APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was being perpetrated in Akure, Ondo State, in collaboration with the state government. He made the allegation on Friday on a broadcast programme, ‘Governor Explains’, in Ado Ekiti.

Fayose, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, on Saturday, said,
“I don’t want to bring this picture out yet, but those who said preloading is not possible are lying. Right now, they are doing manual preloading in Akure as I speak. For polling units with over 1,000 voters, they spread the preloading to between 50 and 200 votes per polling unit.
“In Ikere, 58 of such polling units were targeted and Ado Ekiti has 158 of such polling units. They want to get people they will stuff with the ballot papers and dump such papers in the ballot boxes at such polling units.
“They are also printing fake voter cards in Akure with support from the Ondo State Government. They are also working to bring in about 14,000 people from Ondo State to come and vote here. They have already issued fake 7,000 voter cards and they are daily printing this.
“They promised to give each person N15,000 if he/she helps them stuff ballot boxes with the fake ballot papers they are printing.”

Source: LailasNews

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