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Anambra guber poll: INEC insists on e-voting

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APPARENTLY impressed with commendations it is receiving from the public for the just concluded Edo State governorship election, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has restated its earlier promise that the forthcoming Anambra 2021 gubernatorial election will be by electronic voting method.

  INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education and Member of Justice Uwais-led Electoral Reforms Panel, Festus Okoye, disclosed this yesterday while speaking on a television breakfast programme.

  Okoye reiterated INEC’s desire to experiment with electronic voting in next year’s off-season governorship election in Anambra state, pointing out that INEC is desirous of using technology to conduct transparent elections henceforth. But he also explained that the proposed e-voting can only be possible if the new Electoral   Reforms Act is signed into law before 2021.

  According to him, electoral reforms are vital INEC’s success.

“We (INEC) are seriously pursuing that. We have made suggestions to the National Assembly (NASS) in many occasions. We have also made recommendations to NASS on how to deploy technology to bring credibility to our elections. We have also harped on Internal Party Democracy as part of the ways to clean up our election imperfections. But INEC has improved in all aspect of the conduct of elections in Nigeria as Edo State governorship election bears testimony,” Okoye continued.

  He however said INEC takes the blames for the failure of sister agencies in the election conduct like security agencies and transporters.

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