In a recent statement issued by Chidi Nwafor, the Director of Information and Communication Technology of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the electoral commission would use an electronic collation and results transmission system in the 2019 general elections.
The use of technology instead of the manual collation will eliminate malpractices.
This development was disclosed during a media conference chaired by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja.
Mr. Nwafor admitted the weakness of the current collation system which involves manual transmission of results sheets from one stage to the next during which malpractices are perpetrated.
“Observations have shown that most election malpractices that take place do not take place at polling units,” said Mr. Nwafor
According to him, it is very hard to rig elections at the polling units where everyone is involved in the counting of ballot papers and recording of scores.
‘The challenge has been after the poll – between the polling units and the collation centres and at the collation centre.
“INEC has therefore decided to securely transmit results from all polling units to central database such that only viewing access is allowed at the wards and local government levels – which ultimately eliminates manual collation processes.”
The new electronic system will however help eliminate malpractices, here’s how it will work (As seen on Premium Times;
- Results from polling units will be entered into the e-collation application on the smart card reader;
- Results are transmitted to a central server;
- Results are auto-collated and can be viewed at the RAs (wards) and ECA8s can be scanned at that level; and
- Result audit and confirmation takes place at collation centres at LGAs, state and national level.
Mr. Nwafor added that the new e-system has a flexible dashboard with a real-time user interface which displays graphical presentation of status of results.
This new electronic system will be deployed for the first time in the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship Election in November 2017.
“INEC is preparing for the 2019 elections and is further deploying technology to improve its service delivery and make its processes less prone to manipulations,” said Mr. Nwafor.