2015: INEC Set to Eliminate All Electoral Malpractice

2015: INEC Set to Eliminate All Electoral Malpractice

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Monday said that the commission would eliminate all forms of electoral malpractice by 2015.

He said this in Abuja during the 6th TEI lecture titled, “Political Parties and Effective Participation in Governance” organised by The Electoral Institute (TEI).

The INEC chairman said that the 2015 election would be the best ever conducted polls in the country.

He said the commission had taken delivery of the latest technology that would be used to eliminate multiple voting and registration by 2015.

He said the commission would use the new technology to issue chip-based permanent cards to all eligible voters.

“Some of the electronic card features are: micro testing security, hologram and finger prints; it will be an electronic card to be used for identification, authentication and voting.

“The card when introduced is expected to prevent multiple voting, frauds and also strengthen INEC’s efforts to clean up the nation’s electoral process.

Jega said the issuance of chip-based permanent voter cards would “guarantee seamless integration of the data of voters and institutionalise continuous voter registration before the 2015 general elections.”

He said that INEC would ensure that the electronic card worked in Nigeria and produced the most acceptable elections in the history of the country.

He said that besides the deployed technology, the commission had commenced the reform of the electoral system to respond to emerging challenges.

The INEC Chairman said the commission would ensure adequate sensitisation and enlightenment of the general public on the workability of the system. 

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