Nigeria’s electoral body said it has done everything to protect its card readers from being hacked or jammed on election day.
Chidi Nwafor, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), said this at a forum on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.
Nwafor said this became necessary, following insinuations by some people that there were plans to jam or hack its server or card readers.
“I want to assure you that we have done everything possible in terms of security issues; in terms of when it was being designed, we have considered a lot of things,” he added.
He told his audience that the commission’s Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and card readers would help to eliminate election frauds in the forthcoming general elections.
He identified some of the election fraud in the country to include buying of votes, voter impersonation, ballot stuffing, mis- recording of vote and multiple voting.
The director said curbing election fraud was not just the duty of INEC but all stakeholders.
Nigeria’s rescheduled presidential and national assembly elections will be held on March 28, while the governorship and state congresses elections on April 11.
The elections were previously set on Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 respectively. The country announced on Feb. 7 a six-week postponement to the elections citing fears over security and the Boko Haram insurgency. Enditem