Lagos - Zinox Technology, a budding Nigerian company, has clinched a US$2,7 million deal to manufacture and supply electronic smart cards for the general election the country will hold in 2015.
The contract will culminate in the company procuring 17 000 customized and configured smart card readers to authenticate voters during the polls.
The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said the contract approval was in line with the resolve of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration to ensure free, fair and credible elections.
“This will ensure that all those who have fake identity cards are identified in all future elections. Since the voter cards now have biometrics, it will be easy for the smart card readers to verify the identity of those who come out to vote during elections," he said.
The smart card readers to be deployed to polling stations during elections would be used to verify the identity cards of registered voters.
The minister said the system would stop double voting which often occurs during elections.
“It is also to ensure that those who vote are citizens that have been duly registered to vote in specific constituency where the election might be holding,'' added Maku.
About 74 million voters are registered to participate in the polls Africa's most populous country of 160 million is scheduled to hold.
- CAJ News