Election 2016 EC to roll out 'modest' way of transmitting results

This follows its decision to cancel the tender process to select an IT Firm for the transmission of results electronically during the general elections.

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The Electoral Commission (EC) is set to roll out what it calls a modest way of transmitting and projecting electoral results in the December polls.

This follows its decision to cancel the tender process to select an IT Firm for the transmission of results electronically during the general elections.

Some companies bidding for the contract to electronically transmit election results were invited last month by the EC to demonstrate how they will execute the project.

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The EC subsequently shortlisted some who were hoping to electronically transmit the results.

However, a few weeks after their invitation, the tender process has been abandoned.

The Commission, in a short statement last week Thursday said: “Tender process for the electronic result transmission system has been cancelled because none of the tenders met the set criteria.”

Head of Communications at the EC, Eric Dzakpasu said even though the tender process has been cancelled, a new way of transmitting the results will be rolled out if accepted by all stakeholders involved.

“The EC has its own modest way of transmitting and projecting results to enhance transparency as a way of building trust in the electoral system and in due course it is through this system that we are going to demonstrate to the political parties after which when we have general acceptance we will roll it out for election 2016,” he said during a forum dubbed "Ask the EC."

Background of the electronic transmission of results

The New Patriotic Party had earlier raised concerns over the decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to transmit election results electronically from the polling station to the National headquarters.

According to Peter Mac Manu, the Campaign Manager, the EC has not been able to convince the country why it intends to introduce e-transmission of poll results in December.

“First, there is no law which gives the EC the mandate to electronically transmit results. Nothing in the law before Parliament now, C.I. 94, makes mention of it,” Mac Manu noted.

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“Also, the law talks about the EC receiving all the collated results from the Statement of Poll and Declaration of Results (pink sheets), signed by party agents at the constituency level, and the expectation is that they will be brought to the National Collation Centre before the winner of the presidential race will be declared,” he stated.

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