We Have Capacity For Electronic Transmission, INEC Fires Back

We Have Capacity For Electronic Transmission, INEC Fires Back
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the insinuation that it lacks the capacity to transmit election results electronically from remote areas across the country, insisting that the school of thought was very wrong.

Africa Today News, New York had earlier reported that lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly had been on each other’s necks over electronic transmission of results earlier in the week.

The House was thrown into disarray on Thursday as members debated section 52(2) of the electoral amendment act bill, which deals with electronic transmission.

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Also on Thursday, APC Senators forced through a version of the bill at the Senate that constrained INEC to seek permission from the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Assembly before employing electronic voting in any part of the country.

According to the lawmakers opposed to sacrosanct electronic transmission of results, some parts of the country do not have the required network coverage.

An Executive Commissioner at the Nigerian Communications Commission, Adeleke Adewolu, told lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Friday that only 50 percent of the country has the 3G coverage required for transmission.

However while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show which was monitored by Africa Today News, New York yesterday INEC’s National Chairman and Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye explained that the Commission’s position was clear.

‘We have uploaded results from very remote areas, even from areas where you have to use human carriers to access,’ he said.

‘So, we have made our own position very clear, that we have the capacity and we have the will to deepen the use of technology in the electoral process.

‘But our powers are given by the constitution and the law, and we will continue to remain within the ambit and confines of the power granted to the commission by the constitution and the law.’

AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK

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