Already plans have begun to fall into place towards the 2019 elections in Nigeria and one of them is how election results will be broadcast.
The managing director of Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), Abimbola Alale has disclosed that Nigeria’s satellite, NIGCOMSAT 1-R will be deployed for live coverage and transmission of results of the 2019 general elections.
She disclosed this as she received a delegation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by its chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at the organization’s corporate headquarters in Abuja.
INEC boss, Prof. Mahmood, who expressed satisfaction with what he saw at the agency, said the aim of the partnership between the organizations was to extend satellite coverage to areas and dark spots currently not covered by 3G and 4G networks.
He said: “It is for this reason that we wish to leverage on the capacity of NIGCOMSAT to provide a wide range of telecommunications services. In particular, your broadband service offers a tremendous flexible bandwidth capacity that can be deployed almost anywhere and in a short period of time, including hard-to-reach and temporary locations.
“Accordingly, as we prepare for the 2019 general election, INEC wishes to collaborate with NIGCOMSAT in the following areas: Extension of satellite coverage to areas currently not covered by 3G and 4G networks (the so-called “black spots”) so that INEC can transmit election results from each polling unit nationwide irrespective of location; and voter education and sensitisation through electronic message display.”
The INEC chairman said the commission was deepening its application of technology to elections hence the partnership with NIGCOMSAT, pointing out that the electoral body would continue to make available the hard copies of result sheets to political party agents at each polling unit and collation centre against which the integrity of the electronically-transmitted results could be compared, verified and authenticated.