ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it has no intention to discard electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
In a statement issued on Sunday in reaction to media reports that there would be manual collation of results in the forthcoming elections, Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said the media misinterpreted the interview he granted a newspaper on the issue.
The statement said the commission would continue with electronic transmission of results as used in the recent Ekiti and Osun States government elections.
The statement reads:
CLARIFICATION ON ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF ELECTION RESULT
The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) attention has been drawn to a misunderstanding arising from a recent short interview granted to a national newspaper on the procedure for result management during elections.Some have interpreted the explanation on result management procedure to mean that the Commission has jettisoned the electronic transmission of result and reverted to the manual process. This is not correct.
For clarity, the procedure for result transmission remains the same as in 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 provision of the law, the Commission, in April this year, released a detailed clarification of the procedure for transmission, collation and declaration of result which was shared with all stakeholders 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.
Festus Okoye Esq.
National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee
Sunday 21st August 2022