INEC Targets Electronic Announcement Of Election Results In 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has sought the partnership of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to aid ts plan of announcing the results of the 2019 General Elections through electronic means.
The Electoral Commission is convinced that the test-run of the mechanism which is set to be deployed during the Governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States in July and September this year, can also be upgraded at a national level come next year.
The electronic announcement is meant to be in addition to the usual physical copies of results that are issued to party agents.
INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu disclosed in Abuja on Tuesday that the hardware and software for the electronic transmission have now been designed and ready to be deployed.
Prof Yakubu said these while visiting the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta.
According to the INEC boss: “We are planning for full deployment (of electronic and manual transmission) this year in governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun. Thereafter we intend to deploy the system in the 2019 general elections.
“INEC has developed the hardware and software. However, we rely on the operators for the transmission of both the figures and scanned images of result sheets. We wish to assure Nigerians that while we transmit the raw figures from polling units, scanned images of the result sheets will also be transmitted electronically in addition to physical copies given to party agents at polling units.”
“Similarly, we would like the NCC to facilitate discussions with operators on ways of enhancing their corporate social responsibility to Nigeria’s electoral process. An immediate area of interest to INEC is how the operators can help in voter education and publicity.
“Towards the 2019 general elections, we would like the operators in collaboration with INEC, to send bulk SMS and possibly voice messages as well on the imperative of peaceful elections, the collection of Permanent Voter Cards by registered voters and directional information on the location of polling units for easy access to voters.”