There’s an old saying: there can never be too much transparency in a Nigerian election. Okay it’s not a saying, but it should be. Nigeria needs to improve the transparency and fairness of her electoral process. And in a bid to do this, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), in Anambra state, has developed a solar-powered electronic voting machine for the country.
The e-voting system, which exists in countries such as the USA, UK, Romania and Brazil, is easily auditable and it eliminates the many disadvantages of the traditional paper system including long queues, snatching of ballot boxes, multiple thumb printing, card reader failures (remember 2015?) and falsification.
The new machine, according to Professor Mohammed Haruna, the Vice Chairman of NASENI, will significantly shorten the voting process – all elections – federal, state and local government – can be conducted in a day and each person will complete the voting process for all executive and legislative positions in 60 to 90 seconds.
Nigerians will even be able to monitor voting progress in real time and those in the diaspora can vote as well. There are also potential hacking risks, but we don’t think Putin hackers are that interested in Nigeria right now.
Now let’s focus on finding the candidates we’ll vote for with these machines, shall we?