The member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency of Anambra State in the House of Representatives, Hon Chris Emeka Azubogu, has stated why he voted in support of electronic transmission of election results recently rejected by the leadership of the Senate.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday, Rep Azubogu said his constituents were in support of an enactment of the electronic transmission of election results aimed at bringing transparency into the nation’s electoral process.
He maintained that electronic transmission of results will help in deepening the nation’s democracy and strengthening the political economy.
According to the federal lawmaker, “Where it is proven that there is no network coverage, manual transmission can be applied. But since we have over 80% network coverage in the country, we should make electronic transmission a key component of our election process.
“The debate on the Electoral Act kept most of us in the House of Representatives for almost the whole day in the chamber of the House of Representatives. It was about if the electronic transmission of results should be allowed in the Electoral Act or manual transmission.
As for me, the people that elected me to the National Assembly want electronic transmission of results and I voted for their position on that. Beside this, I also believe that electronic transmission of results will help the entire country in deepening our democracy and strengthening our political economy”.
Similarly, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted it has the capacity to transmit election results electronically from remote areas across Nigeria.
Speaking on Channels Television breakfast show on Saturday, Mr Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Chairman and Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, said the Commission’s position was clear.
Okoye said, “We have uploaded results from very remote areas, even from areas where you have to use human carriers to access.
“So, we’ve made our own position very clear, that we have the capacity and we’ve the will to deepen the use of technology in the electoral process.
“But our powers are given by the constitution and the law, and we’ll continue to remain within the ambit and confines of the power granted to the commission by the constitution and the law”.