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Senate is considering electronic voting – lawmaker

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Chairman of the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Kabiru Gaya, says the National Assembly is looking at the possibility of adopting electronic voting in the country.

Mr. Gaya who represents Kano South in the 9th Senate said this at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum in Abuja.

He, however, said that the main focus of the National Assembly presently was to ensure that elections in the country were transparent, free and fair.

He added that Nigerians should be confident in the country’s electoral process.

The lawmaker said just as the card readers were introduced into the country’s electoral system, the National Assembly was exploring the possibilities of adopting electronic voting.

“Now we are trying to introduce electronic voting, so we are also working on that process, we have also agreed that INEC can decide to do electronic voting,’’ he said.

He explained that INEC could not embark on such a venture initially because there was no approval.

Mr. Gaya expressed optimism that in the nearest future, electronic voting would be adopted in the country.

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