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Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Sodiq3(m): 9:17am On Apr 03
From Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja

There are strong indications that the planned deployment of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the November 6, 2021, Anambra State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might have hit the rock.

It was gathered that the non-passage of the Electoral Act Amendment bill by the National Assembly before the end March as promised was a major impediment to the plan.

The Guardian also learnt that the Easter break embarked on by the lawmakers would further delay the amendment process, as they would not resume plenary until Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

It could be recalled that the 8th National Assembly had passed the bill in 2018 and transmitted it to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent. But the President withheld his assent to the bill on the grounds that the proposed law would usurp the constitutional powers of the INEC to decide on election matters and would create “some uncertainty about the legislation to govern the process.”

The 9th Assembly, however, reintroduced the bill and it passed both the first and second reading in the House of Representatives in November 2020.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, told The Guardian yesterday that if the electoral legal framework does not come into force at least six months before the Anambra election, the Commission would deploy the manual voting system.

Okoye explained that INEC is a creation of the constitution, stressing that all its activities must conform to and fall within the ambit of its constitutive instruments.

According to him, the processes and procedures for the conduct of elections are guided by and set out in the constitution, the Electoral Act, the rules, regulations and guidelines of the Commission.

His words: “Section 52 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) gives the Commission the power and discretion to determine the procedure for voting in any election. Specifically, Section 52(2) of the Act provides that, ‘Voting at an election under this Act shall be in accordance with the procedure determined by the INEC.’

“However, there are other provisions of the Act that affect the procedure for the conduct of elections and they have to be amended to allow the Commission unimpeded deployment of technology in the electoral process.

“For instance, Section 49(1) of the Electoral Act provides that, ‘Any person intending to vote with his voters card shall present himself to a Presiding Officer at the polling unit in the constituency in which his name is registered with his voters card’.

“Section 49(2) also provides that, ‘The Presiding Officer shall, on being satisfied that the name of the person is on the register of voters, issue him a ballot paper and indicate on the register that the person has voted.’

“Furthermore, Section 52(4) of the Act also provides that, ‘All ballots at an election under this Act at any polling station shall be deposited in the ballot box in the open view of the public.’”

Okoye insisted that all the above sections and other corresponding sections must be amended to allow for a seamless deployment of technology in the electoral process.

He explained that the timetable and schedule of activities for the Anambra governorship election was based on the existing legal framework.

He disclosed that the commission had interacted with companies that manufacture EVMs, adding that its ICT department was working out the modalities for the selection of the solution that suits Nigeria’s circumstances.

He, however, noted that while the Commission was engaging with manufactures of EVMs and making preparations for their procurement, it was conscious of the fact that the existing legal framework was based on manual voting.

He added: “It will be tardy and unconscionable for the Commission to be caught unawares in the area of technological solutions. So, we are not leaving anything to chance considering the fact that EVMs are specialised equipment that takes time to manufacture and configure especially given the reality of the pandemic that has affected the production capacity of most companies.

“If the Electoral Act is amended on time and the Commission is in good stead in the timelines for procurement of the hardware and software for electronic voting, then we will deploy for the Anambra governorship election.

“On the other hand, if the electoral legal framework does not come into force at least six months before the elections, then the Commission will look towards the Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections for the roll
out of EVMs.”
https://m.guardian.ng/politics/why-e-voting-may-not-be-achieved-in-anambra-guber-poll-by-inec/amp/

Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by EzeBitcoin(m): 9:27am On Apr 03
This people have never been serious for once. Always playing on the masses intelligence. I wonder when we will do things right in this Nigeria

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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Juliusmalema: 9:33am On Apr 03
Smilling

Let's continue moving..

It will end in shock.

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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Esseite: 9:40am On Apr 03
It could be recalled that the 8th National Assembly had passed the bill in 2018 and transmitted it to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent. But the President withheld his assent to the bill on the grounds that the proposed law would usurp the constitutional powers of the INEC to decide on election matters and would create “some uncertainty about the legislation to govern the process.”

2018 has passed
2019 has passed
2020 has passed

Yet no assent to the bill... while we are here praying Nigeria gets better.

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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Romanoff(f): 10:13am On Apr 03
They will never let electronic voting work in Nigeria.

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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by BlessedNuel: 10:14am On Apr 03
Nothing seems to be working in dx country...we are 5 million miles behind the westerners

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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Kingpele(m): 10:14am On Apr 03
Ok what a lame excuse ,manual voting u guys no fit organize wella ,u want to go electronic ..so that the names of my grandpa that died almost thirty years ago will appear as a voter ,with some dead America celebrities
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Riversstate: 10:15am On Apr 03
Soft rigging activated grin
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by SKYHIGHfx: 10:15am On Apr 03
Joke of a country
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Arespect10(m): 10:15am On Apr 03
EzeBitcoin:
This people have never been serious for once. Always playing on the masses intelligence. I wonder when we will do things right in this Nigeria

Everything will be fine as soon as we change our dirty mindset
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Seniorwriter(m): 10:16am On Apr 03
Imagine ....Rigging process enabled and activated unless the actively involved youths in that state hold all INEC officials to credibility as done in Edo Electioneering process!!!
#EndBadGoverment

We Moove

Proactivity Leads To Productivity!!!
@Senoorwriter
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Broken2020: 10:16am On Apr 03
What we should expect in 2023
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Rugaria: 10:17am On Apr 03
There is a desperation on the part of federal forces to rig this very elections

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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by stev120(m): 10:17am On Apr 03
This people love backwardness, they don't want progress. Electronic voting is now a problem. Something that will address electoral fraud is difficult to pass and implement. I don't know explain it. I just don't like the way this country is moving that's why we will support its disintegration.

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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by adesegun121(m): 10:18am On Apr 03
Ok
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Chijeep(m): 10:19am On Apr 03
My friend sharrap there...
hope didn't fail, you people have foreseen that it'll not favour your results as many hidden lies and lobbies will be uncovered
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Nazgul: 10:19am On Apr 03
Lol...they want to rig. Funny INEC.

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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by ArcSEMPECJ(m): 10:20am On Apr 03
Nonsense, who goes to the poll again in Nigeria ?....

Dine with these Politicians and you will start taking elections polling units as a hair dressing saloon units....

They already know the strong contestants, all left is who will maneuver the game to his side and win
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Soolmus: 10:20am On Apr 03
cool




They want to rig Charles Soludo in

Well he is sound and capable to govern Anambra State


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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by jidebabao: 10:24am On Apr 03
All this is a master plan from buhari and Apc government to sabotage 2023 general elections by not giving appropriate funding to inec to equip the ministry to hold a free and fair election like Jonathan government did.dont be surprise when most polling unit on that day results to voting manually which is a perfect way of rigging.(Nigerians you go wise).

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Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by pquaver(m): 10:25am On Apr 03
Sodiq3:

https://m.guardian.ng/politics/why-e-voting-may-not-be-achieved-in-anambra-guber-poll-by-inec/amp/

Anything that the ipob party complains about is music to my ears.. Please anything to keep Dubai server away from our treasury is a welcome development.. Shikena
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by JTCHI: 10:25am On Apr 03
This government that views the disadvantages of ICT easily than it's benefits. How could they move on with it. It's a pity...
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Drsnives(m): 10:26am On Apr 03
Useless government
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by BrutusOj(m): 10:37am On Apr 03
Rigging is cooking again...naija will never change for good.. sad sad . Those at the helm of affairs of this country know the programs they like to see work for good, anyone that doesn't or wouldn't favour them, they make sure they frustrate it. See how fast they made the COVID-19 vaccine arrive the country because their lives are all in danger. If it were something that concerns the poor alone or wouldn't be for their good, they would have embezzled the fund meant for it or frustrate the effort to make it work.
Re: Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting by Duplexxx: 10:49am On Apr 03
Count me out

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