There are indications that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might deploy electronic collation and transmission of results in the 2019 general elections.
The Commission’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu had already asked the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for assistance to attain the goal.
He stated this when he led some of the commission’s members and Directors to the NCC headquarters in Abuja where he was received by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.
“The time has come to electronically collate and transmit election result,” the INEC chairman said.
“The Commission introduced and deployed the biometric voter register in the 2011 general elections and the Smart Card Reader (SCR) in the 2015 general elections. The time has come to electronically collate and transmit election results. We are convinced that by doing so, results will be transmitted faster and more accurately from the polling units to the various collation and declaration centres,” he said.
Responding, Prof. Danbatta assured the INEC chairman that the NCC was committed to free, fair and credible elections. He said: “We will bring to bear, our wealth of experience in the area of information and communications technology expertise in ensuring that the 2019 elections meet with the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.”