The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) has said that eight manufacturers have so far showcased its Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to the Commission as it moves towards migration to full automation of the nation’s electoral process.
Recall that following INEC’s decision to invite the original manufacturers of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) around the world for a virtual or practical demonstration to enable the Commission to evaluate the available technology for the purposes of electronic voting, over 40 companies indicated interest and have been invited for a live presentation.
However, a statement signed by the national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Edu-cation Committee, Festus Okoye, made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja, said the presen-tations via a combination of physical and virtual means, was done before an audience of Commission members, a team of directors and ICT staff.
“So far, eight companies have made presentations through a combination of physical and virtual means, before an audience of Commission members, a team of Directors and ICT Staff.
“Each company had 30 minutes for its presentation while the question and answer session was also allocated 30 minutes,” the statement said.
The Commission added that it will continue to update Nigerians on the ongoing process in line with its efforts to deepen the use of technology in elections.