ONLINE – REAL TIME ELECTRONIC VOTING OPTIONS CAN BE DEPLOYED ONLY IF THE WILL IS THERE !

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At the last minute, Nigerians were given the heartbreaking news that elections has been postponed to another week! This have  given political pundits and watchers a lot to discuss. As one of the biggest democracies in the in the continent, the population hovers between 180 million to 190 million and still counting. Nigeria has the biggest mobile phone penetration and fast technology adaptation. Stakeholders have asked why the country have refused to leverage on technology to have a seamless elections !

All that is needed is will power and sensitization. As of today the level of the technology deployment in the general elections ends at the small hardware – card reader! This has shown a lot of downsides such as inability to read fingerprints and open to human manipulation via data transmission and transfer. The need to change this narrative has called for the total overhaul of the election process.

Cloud computing is the key! It is cheaper and more efficient. This  can deployed,   the eBallot gets the results we  need in real time that would assist the nation  to make the important decision – real time!

By Using online voting system, they’ll cast their votes from anywhere, using any device. Data is secured via the highest level of encryption and backed up. your data is secure, backed up, and there when you need it.

With fully auditable and private voting events, we’ve consistently met strict security protocols for the last 15 years, and we’re not stopping now.

We can  just get this simple thing right! We have the manpower, we have the skill, we have the high mobile adaption , one of the highest in Africa and our populace (electorates) are majomaj youths !

INEC don’t need much, all  they need is voting kiosk, internet , broadband and access . Data can be stored in cloud with backup at any Data center!

…with high mobile penetration USSD  and mobile adaptive website can be used so that people can vote in their various homes. You don’t need to print PVC for Christ sake ! That cost has been eliminated all you need to do is give a PVC number or synchronize it with a BVN number and people would log on to the site which the government makes mandatory for ISPs or internet service providers to be free without data ! This would be their corporate social responsibility.

Collation would be easier because front end and back end analytics would be available, people would know the sex, the region, the location and the occupation that voted ! This is what is called data analysis and harvesting this can be used for future purpose. But unfortunately, we have refused to listen and we have refused to leverage on data.

With availability of broadband ..there is no need to postpone elections based on logistics. With online voting in place , election rigging, postponement, manipulation and cost would be reduced  to ninety five percent and collation would be done easily with robust analytics that would be used for future planning and study such as voting patterns and areas of campaign concentration by political parties and stakeholders. With high level of educated populace which is mostly the youth, Nigerians over the years have shown that they embrace technology easily with high rate of USSD adoption and mobile Internet usage! Nigeria can be a good  reference point for electronic voting only if, there is sufficient political will to deploy such in the ecosystem.

Anthony Emeka NWOSU

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