KADUNA, JULY 12, 2017 – Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KSIEC) has said it will deploy electronic voting machine during the local government elections, which is planned for later in the year.
Saratu Audu, chairman of the electoral body who demonstrated how the machine works before journalists in Kaduna, said it will ensure the integrity of the electoral process and eliminate the incidence of electoral malpractice.
According to her, 6000 units of the machines will be needed for the 5,101 polling stations in the state, while 25,000 ad hoc staff will be recruited.
She explained that the commission will embark on impassive sensitisation of the citizenry on how to use the electronic voting machines, adding that it will be easier to use the electronic machine than the old ballot paper option.
If successful, Kaduna will be the first city in West Africa to use the electronic voting machine and second, only to Namibia, in the whole of Africa.