Kaduna State deputy governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, has said that elections can be safely conducted in Nigeria, using the electronic voting system.
She noted that the development had been proven when the state conducted local government elections across the 23 LGs in the state in 2018.
Dr Balarabe made the remarks during a stakeholders’ sensitisation programme organised by the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) in the state capital on Thursday.
Recall that Kaduna state was first to use electronic voting in the country, using the Electronic Voting Machines.
According to the deputy governor, the state has made considerable investments in electronic voting, which it “considers a worthwhile deployment of technology towards ensuring that votes count and that the results reflect the actual preferences that the voters expressed.”
She urged the state electoral body to learn from the challenges encountered in 2018 by reconfiguring the electronic voting machines to integrate the card reader aimed at ensuring that each voter card can only be used once.
She noted that the state was committed to a viable, democratically elected, and responsive local government system.
“In 2018, the Kaduna State Government introduced electronic voting for the local government elections of May and June 2018.
“This required considerable investments, and we consider it a worthwhile deployment of technology towards ensuring that votes count and that the results that are declared reflect the actual preferences that the voters expressed.
“Across the state, voters found it easy to use the electronic voting machines, thereby proving that user interface is not a problem and that elections in Nigeria can be safely conducted electronically,” she stated.
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