He expresses the hope that the National Assembly will allocate the required funding to enable INEC embrace the required technology.
“If we do this, perhaps, Nigeria’s days of shame might come to an end sooner than later,” Bishop Kukah says in reference to the need to facilitate the electronic transmissions of poll results.
He cautions, “A few other things have to happen before we start our celebrations and INEC has requested that on the whole, human interference, manipulation, should be replaced with technology.”
Unfortunately, the Bishop notes that the writers of the Electoral Act did not put into consideration some gaps that may arise due to technological advancements.
“Electronic transmission of results is contingent on other technologies such as; a biometric register, electronic accreditation of voters, electronic balloting and collation of results,” he says.
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The Bishop adds, “Those sections of the Act that did not foresee technological advancement should be immediately eliminated and the doors fully thrown open for INEC to use its researchers to explore the limitless frontiers of technological possibilities.”
The electronic transmission of election results, he continues, “is still a long road ahead but it is one of promise for us.”
The Local Ordinary of Sokoto lauds Nigerians who have relentlessly fought for credible elections in Africa’s most populous nation.
“Whether the National Assembly has seen the light or they are responding to the heat of civil society, the struggle must go on,” Bishop Kukah says in the October 23 Facebook post.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.