The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has revealed that technology will play more critical role in the conduct of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
The Commission’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Nick Dazang told journalists in Keffi, Nassarawa state that INEC was in the process of reviewing its adopted technologies for elections, with the view of introducing new ones to improve the conduct of the elections in the country for the 2023 general elections.
The Commission hosted a special workshop for the “Review of National Voter Education Manual,” the workshop is part of the commission’s ongoing processes in preparation for the coming general elections in Nigeria.
Explaining the plans of INEC ahead of the 2023 general elections, Dazang told journalists that, “After that in 2010, the commission introduced the use of direct data capture machines, and then expanded the use of the machines in the conduct of the 2011 election.
“So, we’ve started the process as far back as 2004, culminating in the use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR) and the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) that we also used in 2015.
“But the commission is reviewing this process with a view to upgrading and improving the conduct of elections in 2023.
“The commission wants to introduce new technologies that’ll help deepen the conduct of the elections and also improve on them. So the commission is working assiduously on that.
“Very soon, when the Commission has taken a position, it’ll come out and explain to Nigerians how this is going to be done.”