The Impact of Information and Communication Technology Application on the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria
The electoral procedure in Nigeria over time has been marred by violence, partly as a result of the lack of confidence in the electoral commission and the entire process. This study examined the impact of the application of ICT on the conduct of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, and argued that technological innovations associated with the general elections improved the credibility of the outcome. This led to high approval ratings by electoral observers, reduced cases of post-election petition and violence, as well as renewed confidence in the electoral umpire (INEC) by the citizens. The study observed that there were some technical challenges associated with the adoption of biometric voting technology, mostly as a result of the novelty of the machines and a low-level of ICT literacy in the country. The study however supported the adoption and sustenance of such technologies in the electoral process. Thus, it recommended that there is a need to reform the Electoral Act so as to institutionalize the electronic voting system in the country, as well as improve on political education of citizens on the use of electronic machines in the electoral process in Nigeria.
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