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Nigeria National Assembly yet to decide on e-Voting

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Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters, Hamisu Shira, has said that the National Assembly in Nigeria is yet to decide on the use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).

The committee will present its report on the matter to the House before the end of the month. The committee had conducted public hearing in the six geo-political zones of the country on the use of the machines, adding that the views collated during the exercise was not favourable to the use of the machines. People vehemently rejected the use of EVM as it has not been tested in the country before now. The chairman says some of the people that presented memoranda at the hearing pointed out that the United States (US) tested the machine for 10 years and Brazil for 15 years before adopting it. The committee had invited the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the manufacturers of the machines to deonstrate them to the lawmakers before the end of the month.

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