The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disclosed the procedure for disseminating polling unit results on Saturday during the Governorship elections held in all of the Federal States.
Festus Okoye, the Chairman of INEC Information and Voter Education Committee, made this disclosure on Arise TV on Friday.
The commission, according to Okoye, had gained important insights from the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“As of now, the law prescribes either results transfer or results transmission,” Okoye said.
The Presiding Officer, who oversaw the polling unit, would enter the results of the various political parties in form EC8A, which is the polling unit level result, when the polls at each unit closed, according to what he said.
“The PO will sign and stamp that specific result sheet, the PU agent or party agent, if available, will also countersign it, and copies will be given to them and the police,” he said.
“That actual result will be scanned and uploaded for public viewing on our INEC Result Viewing Portal. Additionally, the physical results and the BVAS itself will be transported to the Registration Area Collation Center, along with the accreditation data that has been generated from that polling unit.
He claims that the Collation Officer will benefit from viewing the original results, the BVAS itself, and from being able to view the accreditation data as it has been transmitted as well as the result sheet that has been sent from the polling place. This is the dual mode that the law requires the commission to operate in, and it is the mode that we will employ in order to conduct this election.
When discussing real-time IREV delivery on Saturday, Okoye said that results would be transmitted from various polling units as soon as the polls closed.
The commission is committed to outperforming its prior efforts. As a result of our experience with previous elections, we have learned some important lessons that we will apply to our planning, deployment, and deployment processes, according to Okoye.
“As of today, what we’re having is what we call State Assembly and Governorship elections,” Okoye said in reference to the commission’s readiness.
Both the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines and all of the sensitive election materials have left the Central Bank and the various state offices of the federation, and are now in all of the states.
“We want to make sure that every voting location opens on schedule. Second, we made sure to reconfigure all of the BVAS that will be used for this election in order to ensure their best performance and the avoidance of some of the problems we experienced in previous elections.
He continued by saying that all categories of staff who would be working the elections had received refresher training from INEC.
“It’s a huge election and INEC will be paying very close attention to what is going on in the various states,” he said, referring to the country’s 28 Governorship Elections and 993 State Assembly Constituency Elections.