Voters’ Perception of the Adequacy and Suitability of e-Voting in the Nigeria Polity

Voters’ Perception of the Adequacy and Suitability of e-Voting in the Nigeria Polity

Tella Adeyinka (University of Ilorin, Nigeria) and Gbolahan Olasina (University of Ilorin, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1740-7.ch049
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Abstract

This chapter examines the perception of academics regarding the suitability and adequacy of e-Voting in the Nigeria polity. A qualitative approach using interviews as the data collection instruments was employed. Five research questions were developed and used in the interviews. The population of the study comprised academic staff in the South West Nigerian universities. From this population, 250 academic staff were purposely selected from five universities. This represents the sample for the study. Five research questions were developed and used in the interviews. The results demonstrated that Nigerians are aware of e-Voting systems, the advantages of e-Voting revealed include ease of voting, ease of counting, electoral vote fraud prevention, and cost reduction, To a great extent, Nigeria is e-Voting ready, and the e-Voting system is relevant to the Nigeria electoral system. Respondents find electronic voting desirable in Nigeria given reasons such as saving time/cost, queuing reduction, and Nigeria being technologically advanced enough to carry out a fast voting process. Hindrances to e-Voting and recommendations for the effective adoption of e-Voting in the Nigeria polity were highlighted.
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Objective

The main objective of this study was to examine the voters’ perception regarding the suitability and adequacy of e-Voting in the Nigerian polity.

The specific objectives of the study were to:

  • 1.

    Determine the Nigerians’ awareness of e-Voting.

  • 2.

    Determine the perception of voters about the adequacy of the e-Voting system in Nigeria

  • 3.

    Find out whether or not Nigeria is e-Voting ready.

  • 4.

    Examine the relevance of e-Voting to the Nigerian electoral system.

  • 5.

    Investigate the reasons for desiring or not desiring e-Voting.

  • 6.

    Identify factors that can hinder the adoption of e-Voting in Nigeria.

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Research Questions

Based on the above stated objectives, the following research questions will be answered by the study.

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