Senate President Ahmad Lawan has revealed why the Red Chamber attached conditions to the electronic transmission of election results.
In passing the Electoral Amendment Bill on Thursday, the Senate provided that the National Communications Commission (NCC) must certify that national coverage is adequate and secure, while the National Assembly must approve before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can transmit election results electronically.
Speaking with journalists on Sunday in Yobe, Lawan said the Senate voted for electronic transmission of results with conditions because the country has not reached the stage where it can deploy technology in every polling unit
He said that based on the report from NCC, only 50 percent of the country’s polling units could use technology to transmit results.
Lawan added that the senators who voted against the immediate use of electronic transmission are not against the use of technology, adding that it will make the electoral process credible.
he said: “All of us in the senate, 109 of us, believe that at one point, our electoral process must deploy electronic transmission so that it eases and enhances the electoral process and gives it more credibility and integrity,” he said.
“And no matter what anybody may say, you cannot have about 50 percent of Nigerian voters not participating or not getting their votes counted in elections and say it doesn’t matter, that we have to start the electronic transmission.
“We know the evils of not transmitting results electronically but compare the evils of electronically transmitting just half of the electoral votes from Nigerians and say you have elected a president with 50 percent only.
“What I mean here is that you have senators from the northern part of Nigeria who voted for electronic transmission. Maybe that is their belief or their environment is ready for electronic transmission.
“And you have senators from the southern part of Nigeria who voted against immediate deployment of electronic transmission but they support that the electronic transmission of results should be allowed after certain conditions are met and the conditions are simple.
“The NCC had provided the technical information that only NCC could give – that only about 50 percent of the Nigerian environment, the polling units, in the country could possibly have their results electronically transmitted.”
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