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INEC to partner NCC, GSMs on 2019 polls

The Independent National Commission, INEC, says it will electronically collate and transmit election results from polling units to declaration centres to enable results to be transmitted faster and more accurate.

Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, solicited the collaboration of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and telecommunications operators for usage of electronic devices in the conduct of 2019 general elections.

Yakubu said while the commission had the software and hardware, it needed to rely on telecommunications operators for the transmission of figures and scanned images of result sheets.

Prof. Yakubu said this when he visited the NCC Executive Vice-Chairman, Prof. Umar Dambatta, on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that INEC was planning full deployment for e-collation and transmission of Ekiti and Osun governorship elections later in the year.

Towards these, he appealed to NCC, as the the industry regulator, to facilitate a meeting between INEC and telecommunications operators in the country to finalise preparations for the elections.

“Since we shall also be transmitting scanned copies of result sheets, it is imperative to ascertain areas covered by 3G and 4G networks and by which operator(s) across the country, he said.

Yakubu also called on NCC to facilitate discussion with the operators on ways to enhance cooperate social responsibility to Nigeria electoral process, especially on voter education and publicity.

Dambatta expressed NCC’s reediness to be at the forefront of driving innovations that would improve the electoral process in the country.

Dambatta added with ICT there was no need to be at election venue before election could be monitored, saying that today’s telecommunications had made ‘nonsense of distance’.

He assured that there was availability of telecom infrastructure, including 3G networks that would facilitates e-collation and transmission of election results.

 

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