- The results of forthcoming general elections will be collated and transmitted manually, INEC has said
- According to the electoral commission, the election will take place in 1,558 constituencies and 774 local government areas
- Okoye said the collation of results will take place in 8,809 registration areas/wards and in 119,973 polling units and 57,023 voting points nationwide
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, February 3, insisted on manual collation and transmission of the forthcoming general elections’ results.
The national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education, Festus Okoye, who made this known in Abuja, said the decision to stick to manual collation and transmission of results was in line with extant electoral laws.
The Nation reports Okoye said INEC was ready for the conduct of the polls in 1,558 constituencies and 774 local government areas. He said the commission has concluded the identification and recruitment of over 814, 453 ad hoc staff.
He said: "For this general election, we are collating results manually and transmitting manually in accordance with the existing laws. Even in some advanced countries, some of them collate and transmit election results manually because in this age of technology, anything can happen.
"INEC has been consistent in following the processes and procedures in collating and transmitting results. If tomorrow the National Assembly changes the laws, we will adopt e-collation and transmission of results.
"The national commissioner said INEC will not allow Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs)to recruit collation officers.
"The practice of recruiting collation officers centrally by INEC headquarters has been in practice since 2011. In all elections since 2011, including the 195 off-season elections since 2015, the recruitment of collation officers is centrally done by INEC headquarters.
"So, since 2011, no REC has been involved in the recruitment of Collation Officers. We will continue to recruit collation officers from INEC headquarters, we won’t allow RECs to do that."
The national commissioner said collation officers are not allowed to make phone calls or receive calls during collation. He assured that the commission will be fair to all parties and candidates, adding that it will not pander to the whims and caprices of anybody or party.
He stated that the commission has the capacity to conduct elections that all Nigerians will be proud of.
Giving details about preparations for the elections, Okoye said: "The 2019 general elections will involve 91 registered political parties and a total registered voting population of 84,004,084. The election will take place in 1,558 constituencies and 774 local government areas.
"The collation of results will take place in 8,809 registration areas/ wards and in 119, 973 Polling Units and 57,023 Voting Points nationwide.
"The presidential election will be contested by a total of 73 candidates while the governorship election will be contested by a total of 1,068 candidates in 29 states of the federation.
"The 109 Senate seats will be contested by 1, 904 candidates while the 360 seats in the House of Representatives will be contested by a total of 4, 680 candidates. The 991 State Constituency elections will be contested by a total of 14, 583 candidates. The 68 Area Council seats in the Federal Capital Territory will be contested by 806 candidates."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that an attack by unknown people on the office of INEC in Isialangwa South local government area of Abia state led to the destruction of about 15,000 uncollected PVCs.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Joseph Iloh, stated that the arsonists broke in through the window of the office and set ablaze the uncollected PVCs.
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