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Using Technology For Election Has Come To Stay – INEC

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The chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu yesterday said the use of technology for election conduct has come to stay in Africa.

Speaking at a programme organised by INEC, the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the Electoral Commissions Forum of the Southern African Development Community (ECF-SADC) with the support of the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) under the EU-Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (SDGN) Project held in Abuja, Yakubu said technology has come too stay.

“Nevertheless, technology has come to stay and its benefits are immense. While it is true that all the countries participating in this conference have deployed technology in one form or another to improve on the electoral process, the outcome varies from one country to another.”

“However, this coming together of election managers and experts to share experience, we shall be better prepared in making the choice of the appropriate and cost-effective technology that will increase public confidence in the electoral process and further protect the sanctity and integrity of the ballot.”

“Over the next three days, presentations and discussions will revolve around 11 thematic areas in 8 plenary and 3 breakout sessions. It is therefore a fitting tone to this conference that the keynote address will be delivered by someone who, arising from issues relating to the transmission and tallying of results, had the difficult task of conducting two presidential elections in two months. Please join me to warmly welcome the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of the Republic of Kenya, Mr Wafula Chebukati.”

“The Abuja conference will be a turning point in our collective effort to deepen the deployment of technology for credible elections and stable democracies,” Yakubu added.

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