The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has announced an indigenous electronic voting machine and is touting it as the solution to all of Nigeria’s electoral needs.
Science and tech minister Ogbonnaya Onu made the announcement whilst receiving a prototype of the solar-powered electronic voting machine from Prof. Sani Haruna, the Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).
As much fanfare as the ministry is making about this device that will supposedly change the electoral process in Nigeria, there aren’t any detail about this ‘miracle’ device.
The Minister did not not give any specifications nor insight into the technology powering the device. Although, Haruna (the NASENI boss) said the device had “additional security features and unique serial numbering and identification for ballot boxes,” that hard shows any workings.
Also, we are not sure if the parts used in assembling the device are made here in Nigeria or imported like most indigenous manufacturers do.
Despite all of these concerns, the science & tech minister said he would present the device to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), perhaps to convince the body to use the devices.
“The electronic voting solution developed by NASENI is the solution to the nation’s electronic issues,” said Onu, according to a Vanguard report.
“It was specifically developed to address almost all the issues and challenges that are being faced by the electoral process. It would be appropriate and beneficial for Nigeria to accept and adopt this indigenous solution in order to increase the credibility of election process.”
What do you think about this? Do you think this is a legit solution? Is this really a device that will effectively solve Nigeria’s electoral problems? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.