2023: Ex-ACF scribe expresses fears over e-transmission of vote

Unless the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) put a mechanism in place to check hackers, electronic transmission of votes in 2023general election may be hijacked hackers, the former Secretary General of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Mr. Anthony Sani has said.

In a chat recently in Kaduna, Sani noted that even developed nations are battling with the menace of hackers in electoral processes, how much less of Nigeria that is yet to attain democratic growth.

“My take on the harmonized version of the electoral bill stems from the freedom given to INEC to determine where and when to use electronic voting without resort to NCC.That is as it should be for independence of INEC to prevail and confer credibility to the elections.

“Also,the fact that INEC has the right to use electronic and manual transmissions,as the case may be,has removed the fear that voters in 50% of the polling units not covered by internet coverage would not be short changed.

“What is left is for INEC to put up mechanism that will reduce hacking,considering even the developed nations are still battling with challenges posed by hacking of electoral processes.
“We are living witness to how the opposition party bandied results of last presidential election unknown to INEC during the proceedings of last presidential election tribunal.
Sani also spoke on direct primaries, saying, “The endorsement of direct primaries is heartening in the sense that it will improve internal democracy in political parties by allowing party members to participate in party primaries and own the ensuing results,thereby reducing incidence of parallel primaries, kleptocracy and plutocracy.
“This is because it is not easy to bribe all party members for direct party primaries in the manner party delegates are often bribed during indirect party primaries”.

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