The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called for a review of the law prohibiting electronic voting in Nigeria.
Acting Chairman of INEC, Hajia Amina Zakari, made this call on Tuesday at the Post 2015 Electoral Reform Symposium organised by the National Democratic Institute and other Civil Society Organisations.
She argued that technology has become an unavoidable reality in everyday life and that it played a major role in the success recorded in the 2015 general elections.
The introduction of the Card Reader by the immediate past INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, was said to have minimized massive rigging and electoral irregularities during the 2015 general elections.
She was represented by the INEC National Commissioner, Mr Lawrence Nwuruku, at the event which was chaired by the former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.
Zakari, raised many posers on the need for comprehensive electoral reform ahead of 2019 general elections, saying: “Should we not then entrench its use and application in our electoral laws to avoid whatever ambiguities may exist with the present legal regime?
“Should Nigerians in the Diaspora not have the right to vote? Should electronic accreditation, transmission and collation of results not be permitted? Should the decision of the returning officer be final subject only to a reversal by a tribunal?,” she queried.
She also said there was the need to re-examine the role of INEC in election petitions, particularly where the Commission is made a mandatory respondent in all petitions.
While calling for implementation of the recommendations of the Justice Uwais Electoral Reforms, the INEC boss said it was time such reports that have gathered dust in the shelves for too long are dusted.
Senator Ken Nnamani, in his earlier remark, said the symposium was organised to reflect on the 2015 general election, generally adjudged to be free, fair and credible.
He said even though INEC had done very well in the last general election, there was still room for improvement, adding that it was the duty of all stakeholders to ensure the electoral process in the country is deepened.