The Independent National Electoral Commission , on Monday , commenced the processes that would lead to the replacement of manual voting with an electronic voting system .
Already , the commission has invited manufacturers of electronic voting machines around the world to practically demonstrate how the machines work , preparatory to the full migration.
The Chairman of INEC , Prof . Mahmood Yakubu, said this during the demonstration of electronic voting machines .
He said , “ Over the years, the commission has been automating the critical pillars of the process . The biometric register of voters has been updated continuously . At the moment , the INEC register of voters is the largest database of citizens in Nigeria .
“ In addition , the combination of biometric voter cards commonly known as the Permanent Voter Card and the Smart Card Reader have revolutionised the accreditation of voters during elections.
“ More recently , the introduction of a number of portals has facilitated the seamless nomination of candidates for elective offices by political parties as well as the accreditation of observers and the media.
“ Most significantly, the commission now uploads polling unit level results in real- time on Election Day to a portal for public view . These are significant innovations that have deepened the transparency and credibility of elections and the electoral process in Nigeria .
“ The commission developed the specifications of the functions required of the machine . After extensive discussion and review , the commission took the decision to invite original manufacturers of electronic voting machines around the world for a virtual or practical demonstration of the machines. ”