ECOWAS/SADC regions: Opportunities and challenges of ICT deployment in elections

11 May 2018


For four days, electoral management bodies (EMBs) from West and Southern African countries gathered in Abuja (April 9-12) to discuss how deployment of ICT has enhanced elections in their countries, the opportunities and challenges they have encountered and how to overcome them.

From the contributions, there was a consensus that technology has become increasingly vital to ensuring effective management of elections. Therefore, more of it is welcome, except that the cost of it is also prohibitive. Sharing experiences was thus crucial to understanding the nature of the challenges and perhaps, using group approach could be a smatter way of dealing with it.

Welcoming participants, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu noted with relief that all the countries in the two blocs have subscribed to democracy as a system of government and are all showing keen commitment to entrench it. Read the full article on The Guardian Blog here.