INEC introduces portal for live transmission of election results

INEC introduces portal for live transmission of election results

- INEC has introduced a dedicated portal for the live transmission of election results

- The portal would enable Nigerians to view results from the polling unit in real-time as voting ends

- The electoral commission will begin using the portal from the Nasarawa Central state constituency bye-election.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that it has set up a dedicated public portal where election results can be viewed live from polling units.

Legit.ng gathered that this was disclosed in a statement signed by Festus Okoye, INEC spokesperson, and shared via the commission's Twitter account @inecnigeria on Thursday, August 6.

According to INEC, the portal known as 'The INEC Result Viewing (IReV)' is a major step is to further strengthen its election management process and enhance the transparency of its system.

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The commission also explained that Nigerians will be able to view polling unit results in real-time as voting ends on election day.

INEC introduces portal for live transmission of election results

INEC has introduced a portal for the live transmission of election results from polling units.
Source: UGC

INEC spokesperson went on to note that the use of the portal will start with the Nasarawa Central Constituency election after which it will also be deployed in Edo and Ondo governorship polls.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that INEC declared that it would work towards the full introduction of electronic voting in major elections, starting from 2021.

INEC said this in its new policy on conducting elections released amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been calls for electronic voting over the years but some concerns, including the fear of cybercrime, hampered the process.

An electoral act amendment bill seeking to make e-voting compulsory in elections, however, passed second reading at the Senate in November.

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In a related development, the country's electoral climate as a bill to ensure that INEC adopts electronic voting as a method for future elections on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, scaled second reading.

If passed, the bill will compel INEC to operate an electronic database into which all results in an election should be transmitted. The Bill is entitled, ” A Bill for an Act to Amend the Electoral Act No.6 2010 and for Other Related Matters, 2019(SB.122).

Going further, the bill also stipulates that data of accredited voters must be transmitted to the central data base upon the conclusion of the accreditation of voters which would be done through the use of the card reader.

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