Will voter card system prevent election fraud? Nigerians are wary

Published: 25/Mar/2015
Source: Voice of America

As Nigerians prepare for Saturday’s presidential election, the integrity of the vote will hang in large part on the success of a new voter card system that includes thousands of hand-held electronic card readers.

The system is designed to prevent identity theft, ballot stuffing and fraud, which marred previous elections and helped spark post-election rioting and violence in 2011.

But with incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan locked in a tight race with his challenger, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, observers say the danger of fraud may be even greater this time.

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Themes: Identity Documents
Regions: West Africa, Nigeria
Year: 2015