Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, says the commission was already working to resolve election result issues that may arise from blind network spots.
The INEC Chairman stated this at a One-Day Strategic Interactive session with journalists in Lagos State on Friday.
The INEC chairman’s reaction followed reservations by Nigerians on the possibility of using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System in poor network areas as it depended on telecommunications network to work.
Yakubu said the commission would be meeting with the Nigerian Communications Commission on Tuesday on mobile network issues that might affect transmission of results.
He said that Nigerians had nothing to fear about the effectiveness of result transmission in the 2023 general elections using the BVAS.
The INEC chairman said they were liaising with NCC to make sure there would be seamless transmission of results in the 2023 elections.
Yakubu added: “INEC has identified blind spots (where there is poor or no networks) and we are working to make sure there won’t be any problem.
“We are working with the NCC to make sure we transmit from blind spots.
“They are the network regulators and they will be very vital to that.
“We are making sure and working hard so that we transmit freely all around the country.”
Earlier, Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, appealed to the media to continue to assist the commission to fight misinformation.
Okoye said that 84 days to the general election, the spare of fake news and misinformation on the electoral processes had become worrisome for the commission.
He said said there was the need for the media to assist in tackling the menace of false information for a successful general election in 2023.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Lagos State, Olusegun Agbaje, said the media had continued to play very important role in sustaining democracy in Nigeria.
Agbaje urged the media to assist the commission in further ensuring that information on the upcoming elections remained accurate and balanced.