In a bid to improve the conduct of the elections ahead of 2023 polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to introduce new technologies to the system.
The INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity Department (VEP), Nick Dazang, disclosed this on Tuesday in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Dazang noted that the electoral body has started reviewing its adopted technologies for elections in the country.
He said INEC would revisit the use of card readers and likely to introduce other technologies that will work seamlessly with electronic voting in 2023.
Dazang said that INEC would continue to introduce new technologies to the electoral system, not for the fancy of it, but the technologies that worked.
He noted that the commission had no regrets on the technologies it had so far introduced for the conduct of elections in Nigeria as they had helped in deepening the process and the transparency.
Dazang said that the commission was also reviewing its voter education to enable it to explain better the planned technologies to Nigerians.
He said: “After that in 2010, the commission introduced the use of direct data capture machines, and then expanded the use of the machines in the conduct of the 2011 election.
“So, we have started the process as far back as 2004, culminating in the use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR) and the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) that we also used in 2015.
“But the commission is reviewing this process with a view to upgrading and improving the conduct of elections in 2023.
“The commission wants to introduce new technologies that will help deepen the conduct of the elections, and also improve on them. So the commission is working assiduously on that.
“Very soon, when the Commission has taken a position, it will come out and explain to Nigerians how this is going to be done.”