- INEC said Ekiti is the first state in the federation to complete the collation of result
- INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu made this known while issuing fresh update on the state of the election result
- Yakubu also shed more light on report of non-use of card readers by electoral officers for some genuine PVC holders
The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yakubu Mahmood, has said that the results from the presidential and National Assembly results conducted in Ekiti state is on its way to the national collation centre in Abuja.
Mahmood, while speaking at a briefing in Abuja on Sunday, February 24, said Ekiti is the first state that has been able to conclude its voting and collation process.
Also announcing that the national collation centre for Saturday’s election will be opened by 6pm on Sunday, February 24, Mahmood said the returning officer of the state is currently headed to Abuja with the results from Ekiti state.
He said: “As I speak, I must let you know that Ekiti state has concluded with the collation of result and that the state’s returning officer is on his way to Abuja with the presidential result from Ekiti state.”
Addressing the reports on the non-use of card readers by electoral officers for some genuine PVC holders, who their names did not appear on the register in some state, Mahmood said the commission had been confronted which such issues in the past and made provision for it in its draft of regulations and guidelines to allow such voters exercise their civic right.
He, however, noted that the draft of the commission on the matter was rejected on the ground that it will encourage voting based on mere identification by officials.
He said: ''We have also received reports of voters who presented genuine PVCs read by the smart card readers but we're not allowed to vote because their names were not on the register of voters.
''We have been confronted by such a situation in one of the off-season elections conducted by the commission, for this reason we made a clear provision in our draft guidelines and regulations to allow such voters to vote.
''However, when the draft was discussed with stakeholders, the clause was rejected on the ground that it will encourage voting by identify theft, we had to drop it.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was reportedly set to declare the results of the presidential and National Assembly elections held in Kwara state on Saturday, February 23.
Emerging report claimed that the commission's officials were set on ground to make the official announcement.
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