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David E. Cavazos


Nigeria’s electoral body, the independent national electoral commission (INEC), deployed a novel information technology (IT) based voter accreditation technology in 2015. Benefits realized included transparency and curtailed electoral malpractices. The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to examine the relationship(s) between some variables categorized into technological, organizational, and economic factors, and Sustainability of voter accreditation technology (SVAT). The theoretical framework for the study was the e-voting system adoption model in combination with constructs from three other theories. A total of 138 IT experts participated and were asked (via SurveyMonkey) of the relationships between the following factors and SVAT: ease of use, ease of participation, dependability, incremental implementation, prevention of fraud, accountability and transparency, government regulations, voter trust, availability of funds, maintainability, and continuous development of technical employees. Pearson correlation and multiple regression were used to understand the relationships between the independent variables and SVAT. Multiple regression analysis showed that prevention of fraud (β = .64, t(126) = 8.40, p = .000) and voters trust (β = .20, t(126) = 2.67, p = .009) were the most important factors that should be considered by INEC for decisions that will ensure SVAT. Insights from this study can make INEC and other stakeholders in the electoral process in Nigeria understand the influencing forces that determine SVAT. Incorporating these factors can help SVAT for better, transparent, efficient, and credible electoral processes in the future. This will help sustain democracy in the country, resulting in positive social change.