￼The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on steps to take regarding the contentious issue of electronic transmission of results.
Gbajabiamila admonished the commissions to work in tandem and not at cross purpose in order to conduct credible elections in Nigeria amid the electronic transmission of results.
Gbajabiamila issued the admonition while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.
The number four citizen averred that INEC was empowered by Nigeria’s laws and the constitution to conduct elections, while the NCC has the mandate in terms of technology.
“INEC is empowered by our laws and the constitution to conduct elections, and NCC has the mandate in terms of technology and capacity and all of that.
“So they need to work together for us to have credible elections,” Gbajabiamila said.
Recall that the issue of electronic transmission of election result has generated controversy.
The issue caused division and confusion in House of Representatives as members debated section 52(2) of the electoral amendment act bill, which deals with electronic transmission.
While some lawmakers insisted on vesting the power to determine the feasibility of e-transmission of election result in INEC others kick against it insisting NCC should be given such mandate.
PDP policymakers walked out of a session last Friday after Ahmed Wase, the presiding officer, insisted that section 52(2) had been carried.
But an Executive Commissioner at the NCC, Adeleke Adewolu, told lawmakers at the House of Representatives that only 50 per cent of Nigeria has the 3G coverage required for transmission.
Meanwhile, INEC has since insisted it has the capacity to transmit election results electronically from remote areas across the country.