The Independent National Electoral Commission has cleared the air about the alleged manual transmissions of election results.
Clearing the air in an interview with The PUNCH on the collation of results, the National Commissioner and Chairman of its Voter Information and Education Committee, Festus Okoye, noted that the electronic transmission of results remained the same.
This was contained in a statement titled “Clarification on Electronic Transmission of Election Result” which was made available to The PUNCH on Sunday.
The statement read: “The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission has been drawn to a misunderstanding arising from a recent brief interview given to a national newspaper regarding the procedure for managing results during elections.
“Some have interpreted the explanation about the results management procedure to mean that the Commission has abandoned the electronic transmission of results and gone back to the manual process. This is not correct.
“For clarity, the procedure for transmission of results remains the same as in the recent governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States. There will be no change in all future elections including the general elections of 2023.
“We want to reassure Nigerians that electronic transmission of result is here to stay.
“It adds to the credibility and transparency of the process when citizens follow the results of the electoral units on INEC’s real-time results viewing portal on election day.
“There will be no change or deviation in subsequent elections.
“The entire range of results management is provided for in articles 60, 62 and 61 of the Electoral Law of 2022. In accordance with the provisions of the law, the Commission published in April this year a detailed clarification of the transmission, collection and result declaration procedure which was shared with all stakeholders and uploaded on our website.
“We call on all Nigerians to take advantage of the provisions of the Electoral Act and the detailed explanation of the Commission’s procedure and not jump to a conclusion on the basis of media headlines.”