Abuja firm on electronic poll

LAGOS - The head of Nigeria's electoral body has ruled out a return to manual registration for the general elections in April.

LAGOS - The head of Nigeria's electoral body has ruled out a return to manual registration for the general elections in April.

Most Nigerians have slammed the ongoing exercise by inefficient electronic machines, which they say could hamper the poll.

Maurice Iwu said at the weekend at a public forum in Abuja in preparations for the poll: "Regardless of the amount of pressure, we are not going to subject this country to a manual register where somebody can have 10 votes. It has to be one man, one vote.

"The electronic register is going to be a determining factor in knowing who is supposed to vote and who is not supposed to vote."

The lower house of parliament had last Thursday summoned Iwu after a massive drive to put all over-18s on the electoral roll was beset by technical problems and fell far behind schedule. Iwu reported that only four million out of 60 million eligible voters had been registered in the first month. - Sapa-AFP

X