Category: ICoEC 2015 Proceedings
Author: Abu Idris, Rohana Yusof
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Abstract

This study examines the factors that influences the idea of E-voting System (EVS) from the viewpoint of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigerian citizen and the potentials of the Card Reader (CR) and Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to alleviate poverty in Nigeria. The study adopts the content analysis approach, using survey literature to generate relevant information on the justifications for adopting Card Reader Machine in the 2015 election as a preliminary experiment for the e-voting system in Nigeria. The result shows that the introduction of CR and PVC has minimized election frauds in the 2015 general election, hence, indicating the chances for adopting e-voting technology in the subsequent elections. The study also revealed that since non-performing leaders were voted out during the election, it is an indication that the incumbent leaders and prospective candidates would be committed to desirable programs to alleviate poverty. Undue interference with INEC activities and malfunction of CR machines are common challenges encountered during the 2015 general elections. The study therefore, recommend an intensive practical training for the ad-hoc personnel, and enactment of laws with severe penalties to allow INEC discharge its duties as an independent institution to curtail unnecessary intrusion.

Keywords: E- Voting, Card Reader, System, Poverty Alleviation

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