The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured that the 2023 general election results would be transmitted electronically.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Commintee, Fastus Okoye Esq. made the clarification in a statement on Sunday, August 21, 2022.
The INEC’s clarification was made to douse the tension generated by the media reports suggesting that the electoral umpire would opt for manual collation of results in the forthcoming general election, as against the recently adopted electronic transmission of results.
The statement read: “INEC’s attention has been drawn to a misunderstanding arising from a recent short intervew granted to a national newspaper on the procedure for result management during elections.
“Some have interpreted the explanation on result management procedure to mean that the Commission has jettisoned the electronic transmission of result and reverted to the manual process. This is not correct.
“For clarity, the procedure for result transmission remains the same as in recent Governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States. There will be no change in all future elections, including the 2023 General Election.
“We wish to reassure Nigerians that the electronic transmission of result has come to stay. It adds to the credibliny and transparency of the process when citizens follow polling unit level results on the INEC Result Viewing (2ReV) portal an real time on Election Day. There will be no change or deviation in subsequent elections.
“The entire gamut of result management is provided for in Sections 60, 62 and 64 of the Electoral Act 2022. In line with the provision of the law, the Commission in April this year, released a detailed clarification of the procedure for transmission, collation and declaration of result which was shared with all stakeholders and uploaded to our website.
“We appeal to all Nigerians to avail themselves of the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Commission’s detailed explanation of the procedure and not reach a conclusion on the basis of madla headlines”, INEC said.