Nigeria's House of Representatives has decided that there will be no electronic voting system used for the country's upcoming 2019 general elections. Smart card readers (PVC readers) have however been approved by Nigeria's policy makers for accreditation purposes before the 2019 elections.
This comes after the House of Representatives removes the section in Nigeria's Bill for an Act to Amend the Provisions of the Electoral Act, No. 6, 2010 which was proposing the introduction of electronic voting into the country's Electoral Act.
The decision by Nigeria's House of Representatives is vastly different from the one taken by the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) election authority. Despite warning from the United Nations and concerns raised by opposition parties and civil society organizations in the DRC, the DRC's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) unveiled a sample of the electronic voting machine similar to those that will be used on 23 December 2018 for the presidential, legislative and local elections and further announced that it will be going ahead with electronic voting.
Concerns about electronic voting and how easy such systems can be hacked to influence the outcome of elections reached it's peak when it was alleged that Russian hackers managed to hack some electronic voting machines in the USA resulting in Trump being elected as President. Coupled with that has also been, although unrelated to electronic voting, the concern around how social media platforms like Facebook can be used to spread fake news with the aim of trying to influence voters.
To this effect Nigeria's INEC has enlisted Facebook Africa to assist it with voter education leading up to the elections as well as curbing fake news related to Nigerian elections on Facebook. This has also, however, raised some eyebrows especially after the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica saga.Share this via: