The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it has no plans to undermine provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act on the electronic transmission of results.
Barrister Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chair, Information and Voter Education Commission, made the clarification this weekend in a statement.
His statement followed a story by a national newspaper (not the Nigerian Tribune) that he was accused of manually collecting next year’s general election results, despite the electronic transmission of results legislation.
Okoye claimed in his statement that “electronic transmission of results has continued. It contributes to the credibility and transparency of the process when citizens monitor the results of the polling unit on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal in real time on Election Day In the next election there will be no change or deviation.”
He further clarified that his explanation to the national newspaper was about manual sorting, not shipping in accordance with certain provisions of the Electoral Act.
His statement reads in part: “The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to a misunderstanding arising from a recent short interview with a national newspaper about the outcome management procedure during elections. Some have interpreted the explanation of the results management procedure as meaning that the Commission has discarded the electronic transmission of results and returned to the manual process. This is not correct.
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“To be clear, the procedure for sending the results remains the same as in recent governor elections in Ekiti and Osun states. There will be no change in all future elections, including the 2023 general election.
“We want to reassure Nigerians that the electronic transmission of results has persisted. It contributes to the credibility and transparency of the process when citizens monitor the results of the polling unit on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal in real time on Election Day. In next elections there will be no change or deviation.
“The full range of results management is regulated in Articles 60, 62 and 64 of the Elections Act 2022. In accordance with the provision of the Act, in April this year, the Commission released a detailed clarification of the procedure for transmission, collection and declaration of results which was shared with all stakeholders and uploaded to our website.
“We appeal to all Nigerians to make use of the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Commission’s detailed explanations of the procedure and not to come to a conclusion based on the headlines.”