The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has launched an online portal to enable election results from polling units to be uploaded as soon as the votes are recorded.
INEC’s spokesperson, Festus Okoye said the portal was created in a bid “strengthen the transparency in the election result management system”, will be put into use with the Nasarawa central state constituency election before being deployed in Edo and Ondo governorship polls.
Okoye stated further that the measure does not constitute electronic collation of results as a collation of election results shall remain a manual process as provided by the law.
Okoye added that:
“it is a fundamental principle of democracy that in elections, votes are not only correctly counted, but that they also count.
“To further strengthen the transparency in the election result management system, the Commission has decided to introduce a dedicated public portal, the INEC RESULT VIEWING (IReV), that will enable Nigerians to view Polling Unit results real time as the voting ends on election day.
“The Commission wishes to emphasize that this does not constitute electronic collation of results. The collation of election results shall remain as provided for by law, a manual process of completion of relevant result sheets and their upwards collation until the final results are determined.
“The Commission hopes that this innovation would improve the transparency in election result management and therefore further consolidate public confidence in the electoral process.”
The INEC online portal is expected to make the electioneering process very much smoother and transparent.
The African Media News