… Carifies media reports on collation of results
Contrary to insinuations in some quarters lately, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said that the electronic transmission of election results has come to stay.
The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Mr. Festus Okoye who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday was reacting to misunderstanding arising from a recent short interview granted to a national newspaper on the procedure for results management during elections.
Arising from the interview, some had interpreted the explanation on election results management procedure to mean that the Commission had jettisoned the electronic transmission of election results and reverted to the manual process.
However, Okoye in the statement clarified that the interpretation was not correct adding that the procedure for results transmission remained the same as in the recent Governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.
“There will be no change in all future elections, including the 2023 general election. We wish to reassure Nigerians that the electronic transmission of result has come to stay. It adds to the credibility and transparency of the process when citizens follow polling unit level results on the INEC Result Viewing (IREV) portal on real time on election day. There will be no change or deviation in subsequent elections.
“The entire gamut of result management is provided for in Sections 60, 62 and 64 of the Electoral Act 2022. In line with the provisions of the law, the Commission, in April this year, released a detailed clarification of the procedure for the transmission, collation and declaration of result which was shared with all stakeholders and uploaded to our website.
“We appeal to Nigerians to avail themselves of the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Commission’s detailed explanation of the procedure and not reach a conclusion on the basis of media headlines”, he said.
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