Bingham Abuja varsity students develop e-voting software

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Five students of the Bingham University, Abuja
» , have reportedly developed an e-voting
software during their internship.
The 400-Level Computer Science students hope
that the software can be adopted for elections in
Nigeria.
The brain behind the concept, Shammah
Abubakar is of the belief that this software is
the perfect solution to Nigerian electioneering
challenges.
“ This innovation is a panacea to Nigerian
electioneering challenges which for decades has
been marred by fraud and controversies ,” he said.
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The software has been used by seven students’
groups that conducted elections within the
school in last one year, as well as by the
Nigerian Society of Engineers , Bauchi Branch,
during its 20th Annual General Meeting.
It was also revealed that one of the best
features of the software is that it allows for both
e-voting and remote voting. Voters can place
their votes at a polling booth with the use of an
electronic device, and some can also cast their
secure votes remotely from anywhere provided
they have been accredited and have stable
internet connection.

Both methods were tested and used for the
institution’s alumni association election.
A statement released by Acting Public Relations
Officer of the institution, Monica Ankeli
explained the voting experience.
“ On the day of election, a central polling booth was
set up within the university so as to enable the
electoral officials observe the process. The voting
portal which was hosted online was opened from
8:00am-4:00pm so as to enable Diaspora vote due
to the different time zones. The officials made sure
Diaspora participated as they were duly contacted
and interviewed on phone by the electoral
observers ,” the statement reads.
The results of the elections were displayed in
real-time as the voting progressed.
The statement added representatives from the
National Information Technology Development
Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Turkish Nile
University , former member House of
Representatives Hon. Dauda Garba , were in
attendance to observe the use of the software
for the elections.

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