The Senate has okayed the possibility of electronic transmission of election results for the November 6 Anambra State governorship polls.
This was revealed by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Kabiru Gaya who said the red chamber will not stand in the way of any decision taken by the nation’s electoral umpire to that effect.
Gaya made the submission when the question was posed to him by newsmen. Answering in the affirmative, the Kano lawmaker observed that INEC had done similar things in the Edo and Ondo elections.
He added that the technological advancements have even made it possible for citizens to be posting results from polling units on social media while INEC is still computing the official figures.
He said: “It is left for INEC to decide whether it will transfer the election results in Anambra or not. They have done that in the previous elections in Edo and Ondo states.
“Even before the INEC started transmitting elections results from polling units, Nigerians have been monitoring results of elections the moments they are being announced at polling stations. By 4 p.m, even before the final results are announced, many Nigerians would have seen them on the internet. Nigerians are fully involved in elections.”
The Senator further appealed to the people of Anambra to collaborate with INEC and security agencies to deliver a fair, peaceful, and credible election in Anambra.
“We expect the people of the state to cooperate fully with the electoral body by being law-abiding.
“The only way to achieve free, fair, and credible election in Anambra is for everybody to eschew violence,” he said.
Meanwhile, ahead of the November 6th Anambra State Governorship election, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Usman Baba, has overhauled the States security landscape.
This was made known in a statement sent to Naija News on Tuesday, signed by DCP Frank Mba Force spokesperson.
According to the statement, the overhauling includes the deployment of selected seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and above to Anambra State for effective supervision of security personnel and operations in the Elections.
IGP Baba noted that Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Joseph Egbunike has been deployed to Anambra State as the Coordinator of the security component for the Elections.