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Published On: Mon, Sep 14th, 2020

INEC begins electronic balloting with 2021 Anambra guber poll

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that it would pioneer the usage of electronics voting in the November 2021 Anambra State governorship election.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said on Thursday in Abuja at the the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
The revelation came even as he warned against violence during the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections in September 19 and October 10 respectively.
He made it clear that such irregularity may complicate the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, “We have been using technology to deepen democracy, for the accreditation of observers, media and even the submission of candidates by the parties in Edo and Ondo elections.
“This commission is committed to introducing at least electronics balloting, using machines, to ballot and we are determined to implement this using the Anambra governorship election in November next year.
“The law does not allowed for electronics voting but it allows electronics balloting until the law is amended to accommodate electronics voting,” Yakubu said.

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