INEC discloses how results will be transmitted during gubernatorial election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed how polling unit results will be transmitted during the governorship elections across the states of the federation come Saturday, 18th March.
INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, while speaking on Arise TV on Friday, said the commission had learnt lessons from the concluded February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.
“The law as of today prescribes a dual mode of either transmission of results or transfer of results,” Okoye said.
Furthermore, he noted that when polls closed at the level of the various units, the Presiding Officer who headed the polling unit would enter the scores of the various political parties in form EC8A which is the polling unit level result.
Also, the polling unit agent or party agent available will countersign, and copies will be given to them and the police.
In addition, “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 gotten 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 added
Also, the Collation Officer will have to go through the original results and the BVAS itself and have the benefit of looking at the accreditation data as transmitted, and the result sheet as transmitted from the polling unit.
He noted that it 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.
Meanwhile, he stated that the Commission is determined to improve on its previous performance.
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Okoye said, “As of today, what we’re having is what we call state assembly and governorship elections.
“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.”
He added that INEC had also given refresher training to all categories of staff that would be involved in the elections.
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