Transmission Of Results At The INEC’s Discretion – APC Campaign

The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential campaign council, PCC, has said that no law mandates the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to transmit election results electronically.

The electronic transmission of results was a major cause of controversy during the collation of presidential election results at the national collation centre in Abuja.

The Labour Party, LP, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, claimed that the inability of INEC to transmit the results from polling units marred the outcome of the poll.

Dele Alake

However, the special adviser on media and communications at the PCC, Dele Alake, while reacting in a statement issued on Friday said the transmission of election results is at the discretion of INEC.  

Alake said the Electoral Act 2022 does not stipulate mandatory transmission of results.

He said, “The complaint over the electronic transmission of election results is not supported by law.

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“Section 38 of the Electoral Act 2022 relied upon by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) to challenge the result of the Feb. 25 presidential election has nothing to do with transmission of election results.

“Section 60, sub-section 2 of the Act deals with transmission of results and it is at the discretion of INEC. The Act does not contain any mandatory provision regarding the transmission of results.

“In any case, the process of transmitting results from polling units, whether real-time, two days later or at any time, cannot in any way change the results that have been announced.”

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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