Shortly after WEMA bank launched the first solar-powered mobile branch, the federal government of Nigeria through the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has unveiled Nigeria’s first solar-powered electronic voting machine which could replace the traditional system of voting in Nigeria.
The solar-powered electronic machine was made in Nigeria by NASENI and is said to support cloud-based computing, a tech trend that has received a lukewarm reception in Nigeria but could help ensure a transparent election process.
According to the Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ogbonnaya Onu:
I’m exceptionally happy that the agency has made this major contribution and break through to our nation. For too long, elections in the country have been characterized by malpractices with lots of energy and resources spent on post elections court processes and litigations.”
For what it’s worth, anything that can be hacked will be hacked, electronic voting machines are no exception.
However, the difference between potential rigging of paper ballots and electronic voting machines is that the former is a deliberate violation of the intentions of “one person, one vote” by elected officials while the other is the sabotage of the voting process by nefarious people (e.g., Russian operatives or plain malicious hackers).
With that said, what do you think of this latest development — do you think paper ballots are the best available technology for casting votes?