Delta restates stance on e-collation of polls outcome
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure electronic transmission of results from polling units in the 2023 general elections and beyond.
Aniagwu gave the charge when the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Monday Udoh-Tom, and his delegation, visited him in Asaba, the state capital.
He said if INEC could verify holders of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) electronically, nothing would stop it from transmitting election results through electronic means.
He commended INEC for the several innovations it had initiated since 2012, including the deployment of card readers.
Aniagwu said most Nigerians were solidly behind INEC on the transmission of electoral results by electronic means and urged the commission to remain steadfast in achieving that target, adding that the innovations had enhanced transparency and integrity of the electoral process.
He pledged the continued collaboration of the state government with INEC in ensuring sensitisation of eligible Delta people to participate in the ongoing voter registration.
“Electronic transmission of election results will enhance electoral integrity and, so, I urge INEC to remain steadfast in ensuring that election results are transmitted electronically so that we can be at par with most developed climes. If INEC authenticates the voter’s card and the cardholder electronically, the commission can also transmit election results electronically,” he said.
Earlier, Udoh-Tom, who said his team was on an advocacy visit to the commissioner on the CVR, commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for approving the use of state media outfits for sensitisation of eligible voters.
He said Delta State was not lagging behind in the ongoing voter registration, adding that no fewer than 100,000 Delta citizens had registered in the last three weeks of the exercise.
“We have come to tell you to continue to send the message out to your people, who are 18 years and above to register. Those who have challenges with their cards and those who want to transfer their voting points can avail themselves of the opportunity.
“So far, we are happy that Delta people have taken the opportunity seriously. And to decongest the voting environment, INEC created additional 2, 239 polling units in the state bringing the total to 5, 863 polling units and we want people to register in the new polling units,” he said.