1.1 Background of the Study
The federal republic of Nigeria comprises of 36 states, The federal capital
territory (FCT), and 774 local government areas (LGAs). The country is located
in west Africa and shares land borders with the republic of Benin in the west,
Chad and Cameroon in the east and Niger in the north. The three largest ethnic
groups in Nigeria are the Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba ethnic groups.
In Nigeria, General elections are conducted every four years, where a head of
state the president and the national assembly representatives are elected. They
are elected by the people. The national assembly has about 360 members
representing various constituencies.
Most African electoral bodies with no exception to INEC, even with the
advancements of technology, still use primitive paper based methods during
voting; this system is characterized by manual form filling to chose leaders and
transfer of information from manual data capture forms to computerized
datasheets, this has led to a high number of mistakes making their way into the
final votes count. The main advantage of the paper based system is the ballot
papers are easily human auditable. The disadvantages outweigh the advantages
for instance printing of ballot papers is slow, expensive, inflexible,
environmentally hostile and also literacy limitations and last minute changes to
the voter register are difficult to accommodate among others. Over the last few
years some election observers have suggested the introduction of electronic
voting at state and federal level. The online voting system mainly addresses the
voting phase. Electronic voting process using the online voting system should
be cheaper than the present paper based system been used by the independent
national electoral commission (INEC). Online voting is an electronic way of
choosing leaders via a web driven application. The advantage of online voting
over the present manual system is that the voters have the choice of voting at
their own free time and reduced congestion. It also minimizes on errors of vote
counting. The individual votes are submitted in a database which can be queried
to find out who the aspirants for a given post has the highest number of votes.
With the online voting system , a voter can use his/her voting right online
without any difficulty. He/she has to register as a voter first before being
authorized to vote. The registration should be done prior to the voting date to
enable data update on the database.
1.2 Statement of the Problem
The election process begins from voters registration. The method adopted
during voters registration goes a long way to determine the freeness and fairness
of the election. In Nigeria, voting/registration process is very cumbersome. So
many cases, missing data in the voter registration file have been reported. There
are also situations where unregistered voters flock to the polling station to
participate in the voting process. Even after voting, malicious clerks and
officers- in – charge of a polling station end up playing with the result figures.
1.3 Objectives of the Study
The aim of this project is to develop a database for voter’s registration
which will in turn help government to conduct a free and fair election
using electronic machines.
To replace the current inefficient manual system of voting in Nigeria.
To ensure credibility in elections by preventing double voting,
Help the government reduce the huge costs incurred in conducting