The Independent National Commission, INEC has solicited the collaboration of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and telecommunications operators for deployment of electronic devices in the conduct of 2019 general elections.
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made the appeal when he led management of the commission on a visit to NCC Executive Vice-Chairman, Umar Dambatta, in Abuja.
Yakubu said that INEC was planning full deployment for electronic-collation and transmission of Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections later in the year, and for the 2019 general polls.
He said that time had come to electronically collate and transmit election results from polling units to collation and declaration centres, explaining that doing so would enable results to be transmitted faster and more accurately.
Yakubu said that while the commission had the software and hardware to do the transmission, it needed to rely on telecommunications operators for the transmission of figures and scanned images of result sheets.
In his response, Dambatta expressed NCC’s reediness to be at the forefront of driving innovations that would improve the electoral process in the country