The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that results of the 2023 general elections will be trans- mitted electronically.
It clarified that it has not jet- tisoned electronic transmis- sion of results for manual process.
National Commissioner (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye, who made the clarifi- polls. cation in a statement, yester day, said the procedure for results transmission in next year’s polls will remain the same as obtained in the re- cent governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.
Okoye was reacting to a report that quoted the commission as saying collation of results during the general elections will be done manu- ally, despite the adoption of electronic transmission of results.
The report received negative reactions from the public, including the presiden- tial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who accused the commission of a plot to rig elections.
Atiku, reacting through his spokesman, Daniel Bwala, alleged: “INEC is laying the foundation for rigging of the 2023 elections.”
But Okoye said there would be no change in future elections, including next year’s polls.
He said the commission’s explanation on results was interpreted to mean it had jettisoned electronic trans- mission and reverted to website. manual process.
Okoye said: “This is not correct. For clarity, the procedure for results transmission remains the same as in recent governorship elections.
“We wish to reassure Nige rians that electronic trans mission of results has come to stay. It adds to credibility and transparency of the process when citizens follow polling unit level results on INEC’s Result Viewing (IReV) portal real time on election day. There will be no change or deviation in subsequent
“The entire gamut of result management is provided for in Sections 60, 62 and 64 of the Electoral Act 2022. In line with the provision of the law, the commission, in April this year, released a detailed clar ification of the procedure for transmission, collation and declaration of results, which was shared with all stake holders and uploaded to our website.
“We appeal to all 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.”
Meanwhile, earlier, yesterday, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), an independent civil society election observation body, had described as ‘worrisome’, reports of the decision by INEC to manually collate results of the elections.
Chairman of the group, Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsan jani, in a statement, had said: “TMG will like to note that this action holds grave po tentials towards eroding the confidence of Nigerian vot ers, which has just only been recently inspired by the (Electoral) Act and its provi sions, key of which is the electronic transmission process. “It also disregards the ef forts of the general public who have fought long and hard for improvements in our electoral process.”
He added: “TMG demands that the commission pro vides clarity on its recent pronouncement to assuage the suspicions of the elec torate and rebuild their con fidence to exercise their rights to vote.”