Amid public expectations of measures to be taken to bolster the credibility of future polls in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that it had no expenditure plans in next year’s budget for the much-canvassed electronic voting system. The INEC position, which was expressed by its Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Kaugama, at a session on the defence of its N47.212 billion proposed expenditure in the 2010 budget, came against the backdrop of failed attempts by the Commission to adopt the e-voting system for the 2007 general elections.
The elections were adjudged by international and domestic observers to have been largely flawed. Election Petitions Tribunals and the Court of Appeal sitting in different state capitals had voided a number of electoral mandated that were not properly secured.
Kaugama told the Committee on INEC that the Commission did not consider it necessary to make provision for the e-voting in the 2010 budget. He stated that the Commission has in place a system to transmit election results electronically, adding that the e-voting machine is the only missing component.