INEC goes against Senate,House of Representatives,certifies Electronic transmission of Result.

Written by on July 18, 2021

Despite the rejection of electronic transmission of election results by the National Assembly in the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, The Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday said the use of the technology will be feasible in the deepening of democracy in Nigeria, 

The commission premised its optimism on the fact that its joint committee made up of telecommunication stakeholders had revised the system and concluded that electronic transmission of results was practicable.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye, expressed these views in an interview newsmen in Abuja.

According to him, INEC was committed to deepening the use of technology in the electoral process and had many times demonstrated it through the creative, innovative and strategic deployment and application of technology in various aspects of the electoral process with the goal of limiting human interference in the electoral process as much as possible.

Okoye stated that domestic election observers and the media applied for accreditation to observe and cover elections electronically and that henceforth, political parties would submit the names and photographs of their polling agents electronically.

The House of Representatives had on Friday passed the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, maintaining the controversial Clause 52(2) as presented amidst protests, especially by members of the minority caucus.

The clause gives the Independent National Electoral Commission the discretion to determine when, where and how voting and transmission of results will be done.

After the passage of the bill, the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, criticised the proposed electronic transmission of election results, saying it was not feasible in the country for now.

The Senate also had on Thursday passed the long-awaited Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 after division among its members on the electronic transmission of results.

After voting, the red chamber ruled out the possibility of having results transmitted electronically when it voted that the NCC, with the National Assembly’s approval, would determine whether INEC could transmit results electronically or not.

Many Nigerians criticised the National Assembly for the non-acceptance of the electronic transmission of election results. Credit: Punch


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