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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reached an agreement with the Nigerian Communications Commission on the electronic transmission of results in the 2019 general election.

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The same method would also be used in the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections in July and September, respectively.

The Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Umar Danbatta, endorsed the deal when he met with the INEC boss, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, at the head office of the NCC in Abuja on Tuesday.

Yakubu said, “We are planning for full deployment (of electronic and manual transmission) this year in governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun. Thereafter we intend to deploy the system in the 2019 general elections.

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“INEC has developed the hardware and software. However, we rely on the operators for the transmission of both the figures and scanned images of result sheets.

"We wish to assure Nigerians that while we transmit the raw figures from polling units, scanned images of the result sheets will also be transmitted electronically in addition to physical copies given to party agents at polling units.”

Yakubu appealed to the NCC as the regulator to facilitate a meeting between INEC and the telecommunications operators with the aim of assisting the electoral body in the conduct of the polls.

In his response, the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC said his agency would try to help the electoral body to ensure that the 2019 elections are free, fair and credible.

Dabatta noted the NCC would try to improve the security of the communications system before the 2019 election so that it would be effective for the dissemination of results.

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