The Independent National Electoral Commission has reacted to the speculation on manual transmission of the election results in the 2023 general election.
The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq, while reacting to a misunderstanding arising from a recent short interview granted to a national newspaper on the procedure for result management during elections.
He said some have interpreted the explanation of the result management procedure to mean that the Commission has jettisoned the electronic transmission of results and reverted to the manual process. This is not correct.
According to him, “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 results has come to stay. It
adds to the credibility and transparency of the process when citizens follow polling unit-level
results on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal in 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 based on media headlines.”