INEC targets technology to collate, transmit results

TVC E, POLITICS - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will explore using technology to collate and transmit results from polling centres. Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu says INEC is determined this time around to consolidate on its use of technology for election rather than experimenting. “This Commission will not experiment. It will rather consolidate. Technology has come to stay,” Yakubu told representatives of 30 political parties at a consultative session in Abuja. “Not only will the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and the Smart Card Readers remain, we are going to go a step higher to see if we can also deploy technology for collation and transmission of results so that we make the processes between the conclusion of elections at the Polling Units, the counting and final tally at the Collation Centre speedy and more accurate and technology driven,” he said. The commission also plans to disallow fresh voters...