NCC, INEC plan strategy on electronic transmission, result collation in 2019
The leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday met to review the outcome of the report of the joint committee set up early this year on electronic transmission and collation of results.
Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who spoke after the meeting, which had in attendance the INEC boss, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; Executive Commissioner, Technical Services (EC-TS) of the NCC, Ubale Maska; national commissioners of the electoral body and top echelon members of staff of both agencies, described the meeting as a huge step towards entrenching free, fair and credible elections in the country.
Danbatta said: “Remember this joint committee was set up seven months ago. They’ve worked hard, and the whole idea was to produce a document on the basis of which elections can be conducted in a manner that’s conducive, credible, and of course, transparent.
“This can only be done by leveraging the power of Information Communications Technology. So, this is to bring to bear global best practices in the way and manner elections are being conducted all over the world.”
Yakubu had expressed his delight with the way the Prof Danbatta-led NCC picked up the election matter by the INEC as well as the efforts of the joint committee of the two organisations.
“When we started, we were clear in our minds that we must challenge every national institution to contribute towards free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria. We are happy that the NCC has risen to this challenge.
“And we look forward to implementing these recommendations. If there are other areas we need your collaborations, we hope you will remain open to us to do so. But we are very happy that one major national institution has been challenged and has risen to the challenge,” he noted.
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