Electronic Transmission Of Results: We Can’t Guarantee 100% Safety, NCC To Reps
TECH DIGEST – In view of the on-going amendment of Nigeria’s electoral Act to accommodate electronic transmission of results, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it cannot guarantee total safety for the system.
The Commission further explained that no system is completely free from hackers, according to Channels Television report.
Federal lawmakers had a rowdy session as debates over the inclusion of electronic transmission of results in the Electoral Act Amendment took centre stage in the chambers on Thursday in Abuja.
But Adeleke Adewolu, executive commissioner, Stakeholder Management (ECSM) of the NCC, told lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Friday that while concerns over the electronic transmission of results are genuine, no system can guarantee a 100 percent shield from hacking.
The EC also stated that elections results can only be transmitted by a 3G network, noting that 50 percent of the country has 3G coverage.
He, however, explained that for areas without such coverage, poll results can be recorded and thereafter uploaded in places where there is a network. But Adeleke admitted that this cannot be compared with the real-time upload.
The House of Representatives had failed to reach an agreement over the controversial clause.
This was after Deputy Speaker Idris Wase ruled against the electronic transmission of results despite a resounding vote in favour of electronic transmission.
Subsequently, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the NCC would be present on Friday to give further clarifications on the Electoral Act with a major focus on section 52(3).
The Senate had on the same day voted for the conditional electronic transmission of election results.
At the end of voting, 28 Senators mostly from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) voted for the original amendment in the report while 52 Senators backed the amendment as proposed by Senator Sabi Abdullahi.
This means the majority of Senators voted that INEC may consider electronic transmission provided the national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by NCC and approved by the National Assembly.