The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would transmit results of the Ekiti and the Osun States governorship elections electronically. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu disclosed this when he visited the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbata yesterday. Yakubu said INEC was committed to deepening democracy by deploying technology in elections.
According to him, the commission “conducted simultaneous electronic and manual transmission of results in some major elections. “We are planning for full deployment this year in the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states later this year, thereafter we intend to deploy the system in the 2019 general election,” he said.
Yakubu emphasised that the time had come to electronically collate and transmit election results as the measure would ensure faster transmission of results more accurately from the polling units to the various collation and declaration centres.
However, NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Danbata expressed the commission’s commitment to ensuring the success of the 2019 polls and assured that the commission would not renege on its corporate social responsibility. Danbata agreed that the deployment of electronic technology would assist collation of results but expressed fear over non-availability of 4-G network in the northern part of the country