Before I show you the few questions I asked, let me inform you about the electronic transmission of results clause itself.
Electronic Transmission of Results Clause
The electronic transmission clause in particular had it that
INEC shall conduct electronic collation of votes where and when practicableOriginal Electoral Act Amendment Bill
But the Senate amended it by a publicly a unpopular majority vote of 56 Senators who wanted it to be ammended as
The commission may consider electronic collation of results provided that the National Networks Coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secured by the National Communications Commission and approved by the National AssemblySenate majority vote
Response to the Deputy- Senate-President, The Nigerian Senate
I appreciate your response and clarification in all honesty.
It is a good move that you introduced the Electoral Act Ammendment Bill to the Senate.. and I applaud you for that.
Truly, I know that the e-transmission wasn’t cancelled but it has been tampered with politically by giving the say to NCC and the approval to NASS, thereby usurping the responsibility of INEC, decreasing its independence and endangering the Nigerian democracy and electoral space.
There are few questions I will ask the Nigerian Senate, please permit me.
(1) Is it guaranteed that we will have E-TRANSMISSION of votes when you’ve made the NCC (Nigerian Communication Commission) and NASS (National Assembly) the “signatures” to INEC’s responsibility?
(2) If JAMB is empowered to conduct CBT (Computer Based Test) and transmit candidate’s results across all the states and LGAs in Nigeria, more so, without NCC and NASS approval, why then can’t INEC be empowered to do same?
(3) Who should be directing who on inter-agency collaboration for elections, INEC, the body responsible, or NASS and NCC the bodies of the Government?
(4) If Nigerian Senators are sure they voted along with the interests of the people they are representing, why didn’t they reach out to their constituents when the constituents’ interest is readily available on the traditional and social media?
(5) Is it even the duty of NCC to provide e-transmission of votes for INEC? Do they help JAMB transmit results?
Sir, Nigeria democracy’s survival beacons on the leaders and the led to defend it with love.
Non-tech savvy Nigerians will not be disenfranchise with e-transmission and e-voting because INEC will provide education on how to go about it.
More so, just as the Continuous Voters Registration allows for physical registration of the non-tech savvy and less-privileged Nigerians; INEC’s e-voting and e-transmission can also provide a physical one.
This amendment of clause 52(3) of the Electoral Ammendment Act Bill that gives the power of e-transmission to NCC and NASS has usurped the power of INEC to determine election procedures, limited its independence and may disenfranchise Nigerians from free and fair elections.
If truly the Senate and NCC doesn’t have the capacity or doesn’t know how to ensure e-transmission, you can contact me Sir and I will design a template for the e-voting and e-transmission of votes.
P.S: I first commented this on Senator Omo Agege’s Facebook post about his take on the electronic transmission of results and allied issues.