INEC, NIGCOMSAT Agree To work for Success Of 2019 General Elections

politicoscopeprofile
By politicoscopeprofile February 11, 2018 15:18

INEC, NIGCOMSAT Agree To work for Success Of 2019 General Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has yet again taken steps to make good its assurance of raising the bar in the 2019 general elections by approaching the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) for partnering on technology deployment for the elections.

Addressing the Management of NIGCOMSAT in Abuja today, the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, noted that time had come to mobilize all national assets and institutions for the success of elections in Nigeria.

Professor Yakubu who was at the Agency’s office with members of the Commission, Secretary to the Commission and Directors expressed optimism that partnering with NIGCOMSAT, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as well as the Telecommunications operators in the country would ensure that challenges to the seamless transmission of results are surmounted.

He explained that the Commission planned to leverage on the capacity of NIGCOMSAT to provide a wide range of telecommunication services especially in some areas where Polling Units were located in area not fully covered by 3G or 4G netwoks.

The INEC Chairman said: “Through the NCC, we are reaching out to the telecommunications operators for the necessary connectivity to ensure that results of elections from each of the 119,973 Polling Units nationwide are electronically transmitted, including scanned images of result sheets.

‘’While we appreciate the tremendous reach of the telecommunications operators, we are equally aware that some of our Polling Units are located in places where 3G and 4G networks are not available for real time electronic transmission of results”.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu: “we wish to leverage the capacity of the NIGCOMSAT to provide a wide range of telecommunication services. In particular, your broadband service offers tremendous flexible bandwidth capacity that can be deployed almost anywhere and in a short period of time, including hard-to-reach and temporary locations. These are invaluable to the work of INEC”.

Discover More Awesome Content

INEC Declares Winner of Katsina Federal Constituency Re-Run Election The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the results of the court-ordered Katsina State Federal Constituency re-run election, in respect of 15 Polling Units in Mashi/Dutsi. The election took place on 10th ...
There is No Better Time to Clean Up Voter Register Than Now! In the wake of the nationwide outrage that greeted what transpired at the recent Kano State Local Government election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), last week, constituted an investigative panel to probe co...
2019 Election in Nigeria: Underage Voting Now INEC Challenge The 2019 elections are nearing – the season of hopes has begun. In the buildup to the last general elections, by this time, the hope for a change of government, particularly at the federal level had begun to sweep through the coun...
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to Contest In Libya Presidential Election Muammar Gaddafi's son seeks to implement a 'reform' programme that will focus on reconstruction, spokesman says. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will run for president in the next Libyan election, a campaign spokesperson said in a news conf...

According to the INEC Chairman, areas of collaboration the Commission looks forward to include: “Extension of Satellite coverage to areas currently not covered by 3G and 4G networks so that INEC can transmit election results from each Polling Unit nationwide irrespective of location; and Voter Education and sensitization through electronic message display”.

Buttressing the importance of the collaboration between both organizations, the INEC Chairman said: “This is also one way to actualize the lofty goals of NIGCOMSAT to positively impact on national development in divers sectors through deployment of high-tech telecommunications infrastructure.

Professor Yakubu however reassured Nigerians that the Commission would continue to make hard copies of results sheets to political party agents at each polling unit and collation centres against which the integrity of electronically transmitted results can be compared, verified and authenticated. “And in keeping with our current practice, a copy of result for each election shall be pasted at the Polling Units immediately after the counting of the ballots for public knowledge”, he assured.

In her response, the Director General/ Chief Executive of NIGCOMSAT, Mrs Abimbola Alale, assured that her organization was willing to support the Commission in the consolidation of democracy. “We are very delighted that we can be of service to you and to be able to drive democracy to a new and better height. We want to be your partner, we want to work with”, Mrs Alale said.

Some of the areas where NIGCOMSAT assured it could deploy its expertise to enhance the electoral process include: Secure VPN Network; Asset Tracking and Fleet Management; Electronic Voting Solutions; Biometric and NFID access control; INECs DTH TV Channel; and Business Intelligence and analysis.

Share Or Comment On This Article

Fact Check: We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you discover something that does not look right here, contact us at Politicoscope. Do you have a story for publication? Send it now for free publication here on Politicoscope.

Discover More Awesome Content

INEC Declares Winner of Katsina Federal Constituency Re-Run Election The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the results of the court-ordered Katsina State Federal Constituency re-run election, in respect of 15 Polling Units in Mashi/Dutsi. The election took place on 10th ...
There is No Better Time to Clean Up Voter Register Than Now! In the wake of the nationwide outrage that greeted what transpired at the recent Kano State Local Government election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), last week, constituted an investigative panel to probe co...
2019 Election in Nigeria: Underage Voting Now INEC Challenge The 2019 elections are nearing – the season of hopes has begun. In the buildup to the last general elections, by this time, the hope for a change of government, particularly at the federal level had begun to sweep through the coun...
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to Contest In Libya Presidential Election Muammar Gaddafi's son seeks to implement a 'reform' programme that will focus on reconstruction, spokesman says. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will run for president in the next Libyan election, a campaign spokesperson said in a news conf...
politicoscopeprofile
By politicoscopeprofile February 11, 2018 15:18

Leave a Reply

You are logged in as politicoscopeprofile | Log out

Be the First to Comment!

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*

politicoscopeprofile
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Booking.com

politicoscopeprofile

Politicoscope.com is your political news source for impartial politics news coverage in Africa, Asia, US, Europe, Middle East and more. Enjoy your...