INEC clarifies air on how to transmit electoral results

the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Sunday that it would continue to adopt the electronic transmission of results for the 2023 general elections. This was stated by the INEC spokesman, Festus Okoye, in a statement clarifying a previous report in which he is quoted as saying that the results of the upcoming elections will be collated manually. “Section 60(5) of the Act requires the presiding officer to transfer the results, including the total number of registered voters and the results of the vote in the manner prescribed by the commission. Thereafter, the presiding official, after registering and announcing the results, will deliver them together with the electoral materials under security and accompanied by the candidates or their electoral agents, when available to the person prescribed by the commission. “The implication of this is that the results collation process remains essentially manual, but the collation officer must collate subject to his verification and confirmation that the number of accredited voters stated in the collated result is correct and consistent with the number of registered voters. recorded and broadcast directly from the voting units,” Mr. Okoye said. Mr. Okoye has been criticized by Nigerians on social media platforms for the comment. But Okoye said Sunday his comment was misconstrued as insisting that the electronic transmission of results adopted in recent off-season gubernatorial elections is here to stay. He argued that the electronic transmission of election results has increased INEC’s credibility, as seen in the recently concluded gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun states. Okoye said the commission long ago concluded plans to use the same procedure for the 2023 election. ALSO READ: 2023: Nigeria’s voting population to reach 95 million – INEC “We want to assure Nigerians that electronic transmission of results is here to stay. It adds to the credibility and transparency of the process when citizens follow the results at the voting unit level on INEC’s results visualization portal (IReV) in real time on election day. There will be no change or deviation in subsequent elections. “The full range of results management is provided for in articles 60, 62 and 64 of the 2022 Electoral Law. In accordance with the provisions of the law, the Commission, in April this year, published a detailed clarification of the procedure for transmission, collection and declaration of results that was shared with all interested parties and uploaded to our website,” he said. The INEC spokesman also warned Nigerians not to reach a “conclusion based on media headlines” rather than the facts enshrined in the Electoral Law. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; INEC clarifies air on how to transmit electoral results