Professor Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the introduction of technology has made it impossible for any party to win an election by a wide margin. Yakubu made the disclosure during an interview on The Osasu Show, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Yakubu added that smart card readers and Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) have been able to tackle ballot rigging, and that was why the 2018 Ekiti and Osun governorship polls were tightly contested. He said: “Between 2015 and November 2018, we conducted elections in 195 constituencies, the largest number of off-season elections. “The turnout varied from a little over 50 percent in Katsina to as low as 2.9 percent in Ifako/Ijaye in Lagos and 3.4 percent in Eti Osa state constituency in Lagos. “I think because elections in Nigeria have progressively and incrementally improved, there is no possibility now that you will have the kind of margins that we used to experience in our elections before the introduction of technology, basically the PVC and the smart card reader. “The elections, in terms of outcomes and votes, are becoming more international. You can see the outcomes of the elections are becoming more and more competitive and closer to the kind of results we see even in advanced democracies.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Professor Mahmood Yakubu said electronic voting will not be used in 2019. Prof Yakubu said this in Abuja at the end opening of a three-day International Conference of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) in West and Southern African countries in Abuja themed “Opportunities and Challenges in the Use of Technology: Experiences from West and Southern Africa”. The INEC boss, who also doubles as the president of ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), however, said that electronics would be deployed in the collation and transmission of elections results.