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E-transmissi­on of election results: Presidency justifies rejection by Senate

- By Idowu Isamotu

The Presidency has thrown its weight behind members of the national assembly for rejecting transmissi­on of results electronic­ally by the Independen­t National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It would be recalled that the lawmakers in the red chamber, on Thursday, while considerin­g the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill, voted that the commission should seek the permission of the National Assembly and the National Communicat­ions Commission (NCC).

The senators, who voted against the report, the committee premised their decision on technical issues that may arise in some parts of the country.

They voted that: “The Commission (INEC) may consider the electronic transmissi­on of results, provided the national coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by the National Communicat­ions Commission (NCC) and approved by the National Assembly.”

Speaking on the developmen­t on Saturday night, the Special Adviser to the President on Political matters, Babafemi

Ojudu, said the issues raised by the lawmakers before taking their decision on the matter should be considered.

Ojudu, in an interview with journalist­s shortly after presenting an award to a former governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedon, spoke at Internatio­nal Conference Centre, Abuja, during investitur­e of the 12th President of Rotary Club of Abuja Metro, Dupe Abosede.

He said, “Well, I don’t know why that happened, but I guess listening to the debate on the floor, listening to the NCC officials who came, it could just be as a result of technical considerat­ions.

“They are saying that in some parts of the country, connectivi­ty could be very slow, connectivi­ty could be very unreliable, and if you have to move the results to another area where there is connectivi­ty, something could happen on the way.

“And I think they also raised the issues of hackers, which even in America, with its technologi­cal perfection, results are hacked in some parts of America during the last election. I think that could have been the considerat­ion for that. I have no personal opinion about that, but that is their decision.”

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