The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has stated it could deploy technological units to checkmate any menace to the safety of its personnel and services throughout the November 6 Anambra State governorship election.
Chairman of the fee, Mahmood Yakubu, made this recognized at a retreat to evaluation the operationalisation construction of the Election Monitoring and Help Heart (EMSC) in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The occasion was organised by INEC, in collaboration with the European Centre for Electoral Help (ECES).
Yakubu stated the event of a safety software was vital following the spate of arson and vandalism focusing on the fee’s services in latest occasions.
The electoral physique had recorded about 41 deliberate assaults on its services throughout the nation throughout the final two years.
The INEC boss stated the applying can be built-in into the EMSC to avert or mitigate potential dangers or threats to the election.
“One thing new and modern that we’re deploying for the Anambra ballot is the safety app in view of the latest assaults on our services throughout the nation.
“When election is performed, there are millions of interrelated actions taking place throughout the nation in far areas, and the fee should be able to successfully monitor these actions. And like all the pieces we do, we don’t simply monitor manually, however utilizing expertise.
“These instruments have been of large advantages, in any other case how do you observe the deployment of hundreds of actions throughout elections. They aren’t new as we began deploying these instruments since 2010 and we have now used them for 3 basic elections now.
“As a sworn statement to its robustness as an election administration software, many international locations within the West African area and past have proven curiosity in finding out and adopting the EMSC system for his or her use,” Yakubu stated.
In accordance with him, reviewing such expertise would help the fee in resolving its anticipated challenges earlier than the 2023 basic election.
On the Electoral Act Modification Invoice not too long ago handed by the Nationwide Meeting, Yakubu stated the fee couldn’t successfully touch upon its provisions till the lawmakers conclude the legislative course of on the invoice.
He described the present electoral legislation as satisfactory for the fee to proceed with the deployment of sure applied sciences.
“We don’t want any provision of legislation for us to deploy EMSC or expertise for voter registration. So we’ll wait and see what eventual comes out from the Nationwide Meeting for us to successfully remark,” he stated.