Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Polls: How Results Will Be Transmitted – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disclosed the plan in place for the transmission of polling unit results during the gubernatorial and House of Assembly polls.


INEC chairman on Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye revealed the commission’s plan on Friday.

Okoye said the commission had learnt valuable lessons from the February 25 presidential and National Assembly polls.

Okoye said, “The PO will sign that particular result sheet and stamp it, the PU agent or party agent if available will also countersign and copies will be given to them and the police.

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“That original result will be what will be scanned and uploaded to our INEC Result Viewing Portal for public viewing. Not only that, the accreditation data that has arisen from that polling unit will also be uploaded, but the physical result and the BVAS itself will also be taken to the Registration Area Collation centre.”

Okoye also revealed that the collation officers will be able to see the original results, accreditation data as transmitted and result sheets as transmitted from the polling units. He went on to back the dual mode as started by law.

“The commission is determined to improve on its previous performance. What we have done is to learn valuable lessons from previous elections that we conducted, and we’re going to put those lessons into our planning purposes and processes, and into our deployment purposes,” Okoye said.

Speaking on the commission’s preparedness, Okoye said, “As of today, what we’re having is what we call state assembly and governorship polls.

“In all the states of the federation, both the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines and all the sensitive election materials have left the Central Bank and the various state offices of the federation.

“We want to ensure that all polling units open on time. Secondly, we made sure that we reconfigured all the BVAS that will be used for this particular election in terms of making sure that the BVAS perform optimally and also making sure that some of the challenges we had in the previous elections do not reoccur.”

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He added that INEC had also given refresher training to all categories of staff that would be involved in the elections.

He said the country would be having 28 governorship polls and 993 state assembly constituency elections, saying “It’s a huge election and INEC will be paying very close attention to what is going on in the various states.”


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