Ahead of the 2019 general election, the National President of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Prof. Adesola Aderounmu has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt a technology driven approach to facilitate what he described as a smooth electoral process.
Aderounmu, who is also a Co-Centre Leader, Centre of Excellence in Software Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, South West Nigeria, believes that the use of technology ensure smooth facilitation worthy of a 21st century nation in our electoral processes for the Nigeria’s electoral body.
“Using ICTs to elect leaders could motivate successful transition into a valid and credible democracy that would truly represent the will of the people,” he argued in a Facebook post.
All over the world the use of technology in election processes has become more paramount. Though, the introduction of technology into the electoral process is generating both interest and concern among voters, as well as practitioners across the globe, most electoral management bodies around the world use new technologies with the aim of improving the electoral process.
These technologies range from the use of basic office automation tools such as word processing and spreadsheets to more sophisticated data processing tools, such as data base management systems, optical scanning and geographic information systems.