Nationwide electronic transmission of 2023 election results possible, telecommunications firm assures Nigerians
Communities without internet can use SMS technology to send real-time results.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) assured the Nigerian public that Nigeria’s telecommunications architecture enabled the electronic transmission of election results.
A member of the association, he said MTN, Airtel, 9Mobile, Glo and other operators believe Nigeria’s telecommunications infrastructure is mature enough to broadcast the 2023 election results.
In an interview with the newspaper, the federal chief operating officer, Ajibola Olude, tempered skepticism of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the biometric voter certification system ‘BVAS’. Electronic transmission of results.
Regarding the transmission of election results in rural areas, Olude claimed that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had started work on a rural telephone. He added that in areas without internet, SMS technology can be used to send real-time results.
Olude said: Our network is mature enough to be used for sending results. Regarding the access gap, it can be seen that NCC is vigorously promoting local telephones.
“We have the technology and the network is mature enough to be used to report our findings. In areas without internet, SMS technology can be used to send real-time results to the state capital and update results. I don’t think there is a problem with sending the results of the election over the communications network.”
Recall that Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman of the ruling APC, expressed doubts about INEC’s ability to conduct credible elections using the BVAS and results viewing portal.
The party’s national organization secretary, Suleiman Argungu, echoed Adam’s assessment when he identified stable power supply as one of the challenges that could affect the application of technological innovations in the 2023 elections.
Adamu and Argungu’s filings accuse APC leader of ignoring manipulation of the upcoming elections by other parties, including the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Labor Party (LP) and New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) thus provoking controversy.
However, the APC chief clarified his position by saying that he was not against using innovation in next year’s elections, but that he only mandated INEC’s devotion to use technology.