2023 election results will be transmitted electronically, INEC clarifies
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that the results of the 2023 general elections would be transmitted electronically.
The commission clarified that it has not jettisoned the electronic transmission of results for the manual process.
National Commissioner and Chairman of, the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, who made the clarification in a statement, on Sunday, said the procedure for result transmission for the 2023 polls remains the same as in recent Governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States.
Okoye was reacting to a report that quoted the commission as saying the collation of results of the 2023 general elections will be done manually despite the adoption of electronic transmission of results.
The report received negative reactions from the public, including the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. who accused the commission of rigging plans.
Atiku, reacting through his spokesman, Daniel Bwala alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is laying the foundation for the rigging of the 2023 election through the manual collation of results.
He alleged that with such a statement ” INEC is laying the foundation for the rigging of the 2023 elections”.
But Okoye noted that there would be no change in all future elections, including the 2023 General Election.
Noting that the commission’s explanation on the result management procedure was interpreted to mean that the Commission has jettisoned the electronic transmission of results and reverted to the manual process.
“This is not correct, he said.
Okoye added: “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 results 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 in 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 results 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.”