THE ROLE OF CARD READER IN CONDUCTING CREDIBLE ELECTION IN THE 2015 NIGERIA’S GENERAL ELECTION

Kabiru Dahiru, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, Mustapha Baba

Abstract


For over the years Nigeria is facing with the lingering problem of election rigging and manipulation from the politicians in which the people vote is not counted and this resulted to the serious crisis during the post-election period. The introduction of card reader in the process of election in Nigeria has made a significant impact in sensitizing the electoral process as well as reduction in electoral fraud. The process was highly appreciated and generates a lot of interest from the stakeholders. It also gives a holistic confidence to the Nigeria’s electoral body (INEC). The application of card reader has yielded a positive result in consolidating democracy in Nigeria especially the voter’s accreditation process, authentication of the registered voters and control of election malpractices-multiple voting system. The study adopted Documentary method. The data for the study was generated from secondary sources. The study finds out that even the INEC/ Ad-hoc staffs were not well trained in the operation of the card reader effectively. Therefore, the study recommended that there is need for the government to improve in the enlightenment and awareness campaign through voter education and invest in appropriate human capacity on the use of smart card reader. Innovation should not be fully embraced but e-voting be incorporated into Nigeria’s electoral system as a panacea for electoral fraud. Section 52 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) which prohibits e-voting should be amended in order to make its adoption statutorily possible

Keywords


Election, Free and Fair, Credibility and Card Reader

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