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How results will be transmitted during governorship elections- INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed how results from polling units will be transmitted during the Saturday, March 18 governorship elections across the states of the federation.

Speaking on Arise TV on Friday, March 17, the Chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the Commission had learnt worthy lessons from the Presidential and National Assembly polls.

Okoye stressed that the law has prescribed a dual mode of either transmission of results or transfer of results.

He explained that the Presiding Officer who superintended the polling unit would enter the scores of the various political parties in form EC8A which is the polling unit-level result after the conclusion of elections in various units.

He explained that presiding officers must sign that particular and copies must be given to relevant stakeholders.

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“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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Okoye added: “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.”

He also stressed that the Collation Officer would be able to verify the original results, the BVAS, have the benefit of looking at the accreditation data as transmitted and the result sheet as transmitted from the polling unit.

“That is the dual mode which the law has prescribed for the Commission and that is the mode that we’re going to use for the purpose of this election,” he said.

Okoye further stated that results would be transmitted on IREV as soon as the polls closed from various polling units.

“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 added that INEC is prepared to conduct the 28 governorship and 993 state assembly constituency elections.

“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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