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TECHNOLOGY AND CREDIBILITY OF ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA: THE USE OF SMART CARD READER (SCR) IN 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS
Hassan Abdulsalam, Mansur Aliyu

ABSTRACT
Technology has brought new ideas in advanced ways by making people change from old ways of doing things to new advanced ways. A long time in Nigeria, our electoral body has been putting efforts in conducting elections, ranging from votersí registration, votersí card and the way electorates cast their votes. The election is a decider between two or more candidates contesting for political office. As Nigeria embraced recent technology, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a body that is responsible for conducting elections in Nigeria, introduced the Smart Card Reader (SCR) during the conduct of 2015 General Elections. The SCR was used for accreditation of a voter after he/she present his/her Permanent Votersí Card (PVC), before voting. The SCR encouraged electorates and gave them confidence during and after the election period and it makes people trust INEC as well as the elections results. In addition, the expectations of many Nigerians is that INEC should provide good training to all its officials handling the SCR for the conduct of credible elections. Also, the need for change of attitudes of many voters so that their votes can determine results of governance. Likewise, many enlightened citizens would see politics as a decent game, and voting, a rewarding exercise. Lastly, when all these are achieved vividly, the Nigerian electoral body will be counted as one of the best electoral bodies in Africa. As free, fair and credible elections lead to peace, unity, and progress.


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The Beam journal of arts and science
ISSN: 1118-5953 www.uaspolysok.edu.ng/jounal