The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has applied a number of innovative approaches to improve the management and conduct of elections in the country.
Results show that the introduction of these technologies: Electronic Voters Register(EVR), Automatic Fingerprints Identification System (AFIS) and Smart Card Reader (SCR) have reduced the incidence of multiple registration and multiple voting to the barest minimum while the development of e-collation support platform has drastically reduced incidence of result manipulation at collation centres.
On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the people of Anambra state in the South East of Nigeria went to the polls to elect a governor that would lead the state for the next four years.
There is no gainsaying that technology has drastically reduced incidences of electoral malpractices such as: ballot stuffing, result sheet mutilation, manipulations, over voting, alteration of result sheets and hijacking of ballot boxes in the history of Nigeria elections.
In a buildup to other supplementary elections and the 2023 General Elections, today, we ask, Do elections in Nigeria need more Tech or Not?
An Election Observer, Oge Udegbunam and a Public Policy Analyst, Chima Christian, who both participated in the recently conducted Anambra elections in different capacities share their thoughts with Tony.