INEC insists on Electronic transfer of results despite National Assembly’s refusal
Written by crest887fm on September 8, 2021
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday said it did not need the approval of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to transmit election results electronically.
This was as the National Assembly told the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, to seek proper legal advice instead of misinforming Nigerians on the independence of INEC to conduct elections.
INEC also said that the decision of the National Assembly to subject its constitutional power to conduct elections to the NCC was absolutely unconstitutional.
It would be recalled that during the debate on section 52 (3) of the Electoral Amendment Act Bill, dealing with electronic transmission by lawmakers, they had asked INEC to seek the approval of the NCC before going on with e-transmission of results.
But speaking at the third quarterly meeting of INEC with media executives in Abuja, the Commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman (Electoral Operations and Logistic Committee), Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu, said rather than seeking the approval of NCC, INEC had the constitutional mandate to impose duties on NCC in order to achieve the electronic transmission of results.
Earlier, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the newly introduced Bimodal Voter Accreditation System would replace the Smart Card Reader and Z-pad, adding that it would take care of the challenges of over-voting and double voting.
Speaking on the independence of INEC to transmit results electronically, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, told newsmen on Tuesday that it would be proper for the INEC Chairman to seek proper legal advice on the interpretation of Item 22 and Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution.