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Date:15 May 2018
#NigeriaElections2019: Inside Nigeria’s first ever electronic voting exercise in Kaduna State

It is mid-afternoon on the Friday before the local government elections in Kaduna State. Dr. (Mrs.) Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu, chairman of the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM), has been on her feet for the most part of the day moving from one end of the commission’s premises to the other. The compound itself is buzzing with activities like a bee hive, marking a culmination of events that have taken place over the past 6 months.
 
The Kaduna State local government elections were earlier slated for the 30th of December 2017 and subsequently cancelled. KAD-SIECOM suspended the elections because the State House of Assembly had not passed the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission Bill No. 10 of 2012 into law.
 
The bill, which would allow the use of electronic machines for voting and verification in the state local government and council elections, was finally passed on the 6th of February 2018. The elections were subsequently rescheduled for last Saturday, May 12, 2018.
 
Back at the KAD-SIECOM premises, there is an undeniable tension in the air, and understandably so. History is about to be made as the state prepares to conduct Nigeria’s first and Africa’s second electronic voting elections.
 
The technology and how it works

The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) Model number EMP2710 was built specifically for KAD-SIECOM by Chinese based EMPTECH; the same company that built handheld PVC scanners for the 2015 Nigerian presidential elections.
 
Weighing in at 12kg, the EVMs are boxlike devices shaped like medium-sized printers.
 
They feature 1.8GHz quad-core processors, 2GB RAM, 8GB ROM, 12.2-inch LED backlit touch display, USB 2.0, fingerprint scanner, SIM and PSAM slots, 13,000 mAH batteries and run on Android 5.1.
 
Even though there are 5,739 voting points in Kaduna State, 6,000 units of the EVM have been procured. According to Engr. John Habila, Head of ICT at KAD-SIECOM, the excess will serve as backup and provide for any contingency. Indeed after procurement, 140 EVMs were lost to rain sometime within the week.
 
As they are made to order, the EVMs already include a list of the 46 political parties participating in the elections.
 
On the election day, voters are expected to go to respective polling units and get accredited with their permanent voters cards (PVCs). Afterwards, they electronically vote their chosen party and accompanying candidate by selecting and pressing the appropriate icon on the EVM screen.
 
When the voting exercise ends, an electoral officer brings out printed ballot papers from the machine for manual counting among party agents and officials.
 
Source: https://bit.ly/2rITrGV

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