FILE: Delicate supplies displayed contained in the INEC workplace in Lokoja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) on Saturday advised it has the capability to transmit election outcomes electronically from distant areas throughout the nation.
Lawmakers in each chambers of the Nationwide Meeting had been at loggerheads over digital transmission of outcomes earlier within the week.
The Home was thrown into disarray on Thursday as members debated part 52(2) of the electoral modification act invoice, which offers with digital transmission.
Additionally on Thursday, APC Senators compelled via a model of the invoice on the Senate that constrained INEC to hunt permission from the Nigerian Communications Fee and the Nationwide Meeting earlier than using digital voting in any a part of the nation.
In response to the lawmakers against sacrosanct digital transmission of outcomes, some components of the nation don’t have the required community protection.
An Government Commissioner on the Nigerian Communications Fee, Adeleke Adewolu, informed lawmakers on the Home of Representatives on Friday that solely 50 % of the nation has the 3G protection required for transmission.
However talking on Channels Tv breakfast present on Saturday, INEC’s Nationwide Chairman and Commissioner for Info and Voter Schooling, Mr Festus Okoye mentioned the Fee’s place was clear.
“We’ve uploaded outcomes from very distant areas, even from areas the place you need to use human carriers to entry,” he mentioned.
“So, we now have made our personal place very clear, that we now have the capability and we now have the need to deepen using know-how within the electoral course of.
“However our powers are given by the structure and the regulation, and we are going to proceed to stay throughout the ambit and confines of the ability granted to the fee by the structure and the regulation.”