Adoption of electronic voting for credible, transparent elections imperative – KAD-SIECOM

Nigeria needs to adopt full-fledged electronic voting to achieve truly free, fair, credible and transparent elections, chairman of  Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM), Dr Saratu Dikko-Audu has said. 

The KAD-SIECOM chairman stated this in Kaduna when she hosted the Chief Executive Officer of TAF Africa, Mr Jake Epelle, and his team on an advocacy visit to the commission on the inclusion of People With Disabilities (PWD) in the electoral process. She noted that with electronic voting system, the chances of rigging and manipulation of the elections will be slim going by the experience of Kaduna state local government polls where the EVM has been deployed twice for local government elections. 

“KAD-SIECOM is the first to introduce electronic voting in Nigeria, and the second in Africa because our former governor (Nasir el-Rufa’i) was passionate about introducing electronic voting in the electoral space in Nigeria. The 2018 and 2021 local government elections were conducted with electronic voting machines and the citizens were excited about it, they said in a survey conducted after the election that they were confident in the system and want the machines to be used in future elections.

“The process was transparent; you vote and you see a receipt dropped in the ballot box, you can see a summary at the end of the election for every machine. That summary always tallies with the receipts that dropped in the box, so you can always check.”