Groups flay INEC over result management
Community Life Project (CLP)/Reclaim Naija and Justice Development and Peace Centre (JDPC) have flayed Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over result management and transmission.
The groups said polling officers deviated from laid-down guidelines by failing to enter outcomes in Form EC60E and transmit immediately as required by the Electoral Act 2022. In a presentation of interim report on the 2023 general elections, yesterday, in Lagos, they stated: “In none of the units observed was the result of the poll pasted on the wall. In Lagos, polling staff confirmed that Form EC60E was not brought to the polling unit.
“The result sheet (Form EC8A) was duly scanned with the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in all the units observed and the results were not uploaded to the IReV in real time as required. In places where polling staff were held hostage by voters until the results were uploaded, they ended up uploading the results offline. In such units only the results for the senatorial and House of Representative elections were uploaded. The presidential election result was not uploaded.”
The groups noted that INEC ad hoc staff gave priority to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), elderly persons and pregnant women in most of the polling units. Executive Director of JDPC, Fr. Raymond Anoliefo, advised the electoral body to redeem its integrity through diligence and restore confidence of Nigerians in elections.
The groups commended Nigerians for actively participating in the entire electoral process. They submitted that the high expectations for credible, free and fair elections have not been met going by handling of last weekend’s polls.