E-Voting Not Feasible in Nigeria for 2015 – Jega

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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega last week said that the electronic voting system will not be used during the 2015 general elections.

Jega, who spoke at a retreat for electoral commissioners in Kaduna, said e-voting is not feasible for 2015, even if the constitution is amended to accommodate it.

"The constitution prohibits electronic voting and unless the Electoral Act is changed, there is no way we can have it. We shall check to see if it is feasible but it is unlikely that we will have electronic voting in 2015. We reviewed the Act and made recommendations to the National Assembly and we expect that very soon it will be amended," he said.

He said the objective of the retreat was to review, discuss and decide on the major policies of the 2015 elections, share with directors and directing staff the major decisions as well share past experiences.

He added that the commission has limited time to prepare for the 2015 polls and called for all hands to be on deck.

"All of us are aware that time is of essence. A lot of work needs to be done and there is little time," he said.

Jega further stated that the commission will strengthen monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and ensure motivation so that, "Those who have the capacity to deliver are given the opportunity to do so. I must remind you that all eyes are on us; friends, citizens and even adversaries. We must strengthen synergy and good working relationship."