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Nigeria’s new president acknowledges technology in successful electoral process

Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari has said the technology used for the successful elections were provided by “foreign partners” after he confronted them with a scary scenario of a refugee crisis that may follow another round of fraudulent poll in Nigeria.

He said his presentation “pricked their conscience” and they provided the needed support, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

The president however refused to name the partners he contacted.

He spoke Friday at the inauguration Gala Night held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. Many Nigerians and international observers believe the success of the 2015 elections was principally due to the use of biometric voter cards and card readers, introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

He said when he consulted the foreign partners and confronted them with the refugee scenario, it pricked their consciences and they assisted with technology to enable a successful vote count in the last elections.

Mr. Buhari insisted that previous election results were written in private homes and announced on the radio and that getting the courts to reverse them was difficult.

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