The Students Union election at the Federal University of Technology in Akure, Nigeria, took a new dimension this year with the adoption of an e-voting system.
To begin the process, students were authenticated by card readers to scan identity cards. Once their identity was verified, voters proceeded to the voting area where they used programmed computers to cast their ballots. Votes were electronically recorded and the final result was ready as soon as the last student clicked on the computer to vote.
Professor Kayode Alese, Dean for Students Affairs, explained that the adoption of electronic voting helped the University to showcase its leadership in research and technology. According to him, the process was very effective and represented a step forward when compared to what other institutions had done with respect to electronic voting.
A similar experience using was carried out with the help of Smartmatic at the American University of Central Asia in the city of Bishtek, Kyrgyzstan. Once students validated their identity via biometrics, they voted using voting machines touch screen (SAES-3377) provided by Smartmatic.