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INEC Reacts To Public Outcry That Followed Festus Okoye’s Interview On Manual Collation

…makes clarification on electronic transmission of election result

Mr. Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the public outcry that followed a recent short interview granted by National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, to a national newspaper on the procedure for result management during elections.

In a statement signed and delivered to the Atlantic Post in Abuja on Sunday, 21 August 2022, by Festus Okoye, INEC insisted that the interview was misunderstood.

The election body said some have interpreted the explanation on result management procedure to mean that the Commission has jettisoned the electronic transmission of result and reverted to the manual process.

“This is not correct. For clarity, the procedure for result transmission remains the same as in recent Governorship elections in Ekiti and sun States.

“There will be no change in all future elections, Including the 2023 General Election.

“We wish to reassure Nigerians that the electronic transmission of result has come to stay. It adds to the credibility and transparency of the process when citizens follow polling unit level results on the INEC Result Viewing (ReV) portal on real-time on Election Day. There will be no change or deviation in subsequent elections.

“The entire gamut of result management is provided for in Sections 60, 62 and 64 of the
Electoral Act 2022. In line with the provision of the law, the Commission, in April this year,
released a detailed clarification of the procedure for transmission, collation and declaration of result which was shared with all stakeholders and uploaded to our website.

“We appeal to all Nigerians to avail themselves of the provisions of the Electoral Act and the
Commission’s detailed explanation of the procedure and not reach a conclusion on the basis of media headlines,” INEC further stated.