- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has put in place measures to check the act of voting during elections
- Festus Okoye, an INEC official in charge of information and voter education, notes that the commission would not disclose the fresh strategies it has adopted to check vote buying menace
- Okoye says INEC will not collate and transmit the results of the elections electronically because such a measure is not included in the nation’s electoral law
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said those planning to buy votes would be shocked on election day as it has put in place measures to check the act.
INEC’s national commissioner and chairman for information and voter education, Festus Okoye, speaking on Sunday night, February 3, during an interactive session with the media, noted that commission would not disclose the fresh strategies it has adopted for the coming general elections, Premium Times reports.
“The other strategies we have designed will not be made known so that they will not go ahead of us,”Okoye said.
The official disclosed that the commission would not collate and transmit the results of the elections electronically, saying such measure does not have a place in the nation’s electoral law.
“We are collating and transmitting manually in accordance with the law. Everything is manual collation and manual transmission of results.
"INEC is aware that there is a bill before the National Assembly that may likely lead to the amendment of the law,” he said.
“It is important for INEC to pilot in e-collation and transmission of result so that any day the National Assembly amends the law, we will be ready to do that.
Meanwhile, INEC has warned journalists, social media users and accredited election observers not to risk going to jail by publishing results of the forthcoming elections not endorsed by the body.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that Festus Okoye, an INEC commissiober, issued the warning in Awka, Anambra state, at an event to sensitise media practitioners ahead of the 2019 general election.
According to Okoye, only returning officers are mandated to announce results of the exercise.
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