The APC led administration of Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai's conducted the first ever electronic mean of election using the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).




Kaduna state is the first sub-national to conduct electronic voting in Nigeria, when it held local government election on May 12, 2018.


The State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM) procured 6,000 Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), even though they were 5,739 voting units in the state.


The state assembly passed the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission Bill number 10 of 2012 into law, allowing the use of EVM, on February 6, 2018.


Prior to the election, EVMs were taken to the 255 wards in the state, for a three-day sensitisation campaign.


Electoral officers and ad hoc staff were also trained on the use of the machine.


On election day, voters were accredited manually with their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).


Afterwards, they voted the political parties of their preferred candidates, by pressing the appropriate icon on the EVM screen.


A receipt or slip is generated after each voting process is completed, showing the choice of the voter.


Simultaneously, the EVM transmits results to a monitoring room at the commission’s ICT centre. The results are saved on a server.


At the end of the exercise, the slips or receipts are counted before party agents, security agents and electoral officials, at the polling unit.


The printed slips or receipts should tally with what is recorded on the server to make the results valid.

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