The Senate Main Whip, Sen. Orji Kalu, says Nigeria requires 95 per cent of national network coverage to enable electronic transmission of election results in the country.
Kalu said this in an interview with the Intelligence Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Lord’s Day in Abuja.
Recall that 52 senators on July 15 voted against electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming full general election piece 28 voted for and 28 absentees.
The senators insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission should be compelled to seek clearance from Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) piece the National Assembly would have to approve the verdict of NCC.
According to him, the current network coverage was inadequate.
“I have never been against transmission of results. I only said we don’t have adequate coverage where we live, this is the issue.
“We have coverage, but it is not adequate.
“Similar Abia Due north Senatorial District where I come up from, there is no adequate coverage, perhaps 43 per cent coverage, so how are we going to do that?
”I believe in electronic transmission, but I want to rapidly urge the NCC to deploy their engineering to ensure wider coverage; I believe in that physical process because it is obvious.
”I don’t want to hear to officials who want to purchase equipment and create commissions, I am telling myself the truth, whether we fifty-fifty have a coverage of 95 per cent it will be okay, but we have below 50 per cent in the entire country.
“I am not talking in relation to my constituency.
”It wasn’t a political party choice to vote against e transmission and not a clique choice, it was out of my conscience.
”I can only do what I will do that will advatage all Nigerians,” Kalu said
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