Speedcast Government, a division of Australia’s publicly-traded communications satellite technology provider Speedcast, is supporting a UN Agency and an independent national electoral committee in Niger, in preparation for the general elections scheduled to hold on 27 December 2020 to elect the President and members of the National Assembly in the West African country.
Speedcast Government has been asked to provide satellite internet services, equipment, life-cycle operation, installation, maintenance and logistics support for eight regional electoral sites, according to a public statement by the company.
“As part of the great efforts being taken to provide a transparent, fair and equitable election process in Niger, Speedcast Government is pleased to be able to support the U.N.’s mission in this endeavour and we look forward to future opportunities where our Satcom expertise can add value,” Speedcast Government Senior Director of Global Accounts Brum Cerzosimo said
Speedcast’s technology will help curb incidences of electoral fraud and ensure efficiency in security, monitoring and evaluation efforts.
The project is divided into two phases and expected to be completed before the legislative and presidential elections take place in 2020-2021.
The president is elected using the two-round system; if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the first round, a second round will be held on 21 February 2021. The 171 members of the National Assembly are elected by two methods; 158 members are elected from eight multi-member constituencies based on the seven regions and Niamey by party-list proportional representation. A further eight seats are reserved for national minorities and five seats (one for each permanently-inhabited continent) for Nigeriens living abroad, all elected from single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.