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Friday, 10 August 2018

INEC, NCC finalize pact on election result collation, transmission


Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have met to review the outcome of the report of the joint committee set up early in January on electronic transmission and collation of results.

Prof. Umar Danbatta , Executive Vice-Chairman, NCC, after the meeting with the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Thursday, described the forum “as a huge step toward entrenching free, fair and credible elections in the country’’.

He said the joint committee set up seven months ago by the two agencies had worked hard to produce a document on the basis of which elections could be conducted in a manner conducive, credible and 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,” he said.

Speaking, INEC chairman expressed delight with the way NCC picked up the gauntlet thrown by the INEC and the joint committee.

“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 said.

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