The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will partner with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for the provision of solar-powered devices for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Adedeji Soyebi, on Thursday.
“The Commission today (Thursday) received a team from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, led by the Honourable Minister, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu.
“The team demonstrated a solar-powered machine developed by the NASENI for the purposes of voter registration, electronic voting and collation of results,” the statement said.
According to Soyebi, at the end of the demonstration, INEC and NASENI agreed to set up a joint technical committee to examine the initiative and suggest the way forward.
He also hinted that 954, 001 Nigerians have been registered so far in the on-going Continuous Voter Registration exercise while 300 additional capturing devices would be deployed to ease congestion in the registration exercise.
“Further to the review of the on-going Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise at its retreat held in Kaduna on June 7, 2017, the Commission considered the progress made so far at its weekly meeting held today.
“The Commission noted that as at the end of the eighth week of the exercise, 954, 001 Nigerians had registered. It considered a number of challenges the exercise faced and has decided to deploy 300 additional Direct Data Capture Machines (DDCMs) to some of the existing centres to ease congestion, as well as create new centres in areas with special needs,” the statement added.