INEC is ready for electronic voting–REC
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that it is ready to switch over to electronic voting system, anytime the enabling act is signed into law by the President.
The commission also said it was ready for electronic computation of voters register, adding that partly what hitherto had been a challenge to the commission were some existing laws regulating its conducts.
Speaking to newsmen at Enugu Press center, yesterday, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu said that what Nigerians should be demanding for, “ is a compilation of a national data base that will ease off most bottlenecks associated with INEC limitations.”
He said that with good data base, the idea of applying for change in residency or change in voting places, for instance, would be eliminated.
Ononamadu also said that a lot have improved in INEC’s operational system, pledging that the 2019 general election would be the best election the commission would conduct.
He however regretted that while only 56, 562 Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, were collected in Enugu state in the second quarter of the Continuous Voters Registration, (CVR), no less that 139, 342 PVCS were still uncollected in the state.
He therefore pleaded for media partnership in sensitization of voters, noting that the commission was working hard to eliminate Card Reader malfunctions at polling booths.
Ononamadu enumerated the disadvantages of Voter apathy to include continued complaints of marginalization, saying that if the masses develop the zeal to also go to vote for candidates of their choice, they would have better bargain from leaders.
He said “now that there is tension here and there, it’s right to elect those that should be in positions. It’s now our own responsibility not to turn around to say that anybody is marginalising him or her.”
The REC said, “the fact that people suspected INEC did not do well before, does not mean it cannot do well in coming elections.”
He assured free and fair elections in Enugu state, noting that the state has not been worst in conducts of elections, which the commission would not fail in subsequent elections in the state.
“We want those who had lost confidence in the Nigerian electoral system to come back. I foresee 2019 election much better than any other because I’ve seen the sign through the continuous voters’ registration.
“This is what people have clamoured for and any credible election starts with credible voters registration,” Ononamadu said.