INEC test run artificial intelligence tech to weed-out underage voters

INEC test run artificial intelligence tech to weed-out underage voters

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will test run a new artificial intelligence technology that would help determine and weed-out perceived underage voters, beginning from June 28, 2021 fresh voter’s registration exercise.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this in his presentation on Thursday, said the deployment of the software would be carried out along with facial capture in a bid to determine factor to discourage underage voters.

Yakubu who through the Director of Information Communication and Technology, Dr. Chidi Nwafor, also called on the National Assembly to urgently provide legislation to transmit the results of 2023 elections electronically.

He said: “We have acquired a new artificial intelligence technology that would help determine the age of any voter that is suspected to be underage”.

He also assured that INEC replicate an electronic transmission of all election results in future elections the same manner that was done in Edo and Ondo governorship elections.

“Once results of elections are announced from the collation centres, down to the wards local governments and final collation centres, any person can monitor it without any human error.

“From the form EC8a to EC8b and Form EC8c, the result would be the same; there cannot be any difference. This we have done from the state constituency election in Nasarawa State to Edo and Ondo states. This, INEC will replicate in 2023, but this is subject to the passage of new electoral laws currently before the National Assembly,” he said.

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He further said that INEC has acquired the latest technology where the data is inbuilt in Ghana Permanent Voters Cards (PVC), adding that a prospective voter will just go and cast his or her vote without the old tale that there is no network or interest.

In pursuance, the Commission equally called on Nigerians and other Stakeholders towards the implementation of its policies and programmes.

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