In a bid to perfect the Electronic Voting System being presently developed by the University, another mock voting exercise was conducted today, Thursday, 4 July, 2019.
The Information Technology and Media Services (ITeMS) deployed 1646 Electronic Voting request to eligible members/voters of the University community to cast their votes as appropriate. After the end of the voting session, 260 members voted in today’s exercise as against 58 in the previous exercise conducted on Thursday, 27 June, 2019.
There is a significant improvement in the exercise even though there are still some matters arising to be addressed to perfect the system before Monday, 29 July, 2019. Some of the issues identified are as follows:
· Cleaning of the voters’ register
· Inability to vote
· Omission of names of qualified voters
· Apathy on the part of some voters
It was resolved that the following steps should be taken to address some of the challenges encountered to ensure a free and fair election.
· The personalised PIN that enables people to vote should be in alphabets (Capital letters) and not in alphanumeric as previously deployed.
· The list should be updated to accommodate all eligible members of staff.
· Radio/Web Platform/Whatsapp announcement should be made to create more awareness.
· The list of eligible voters should be displayed online to address possible omissions and errors etc
· Another mock exercise would be conducted on Thursday, 11 July, 2019. Please be on the lookout.
All eligible members of the University community should check the updated list online and/or in the Office of the Deputy Registrar (Administration) for further correctness if necessary.
Olubunmi O. Faluyi