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How Election Results Will Be Announced In 2023 – INEC

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In the presidential election of 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission has guaranteed that election results from various polling places will be uploaded online.

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On Friday, INEC provided the promise.

Additionally, it issued a warning that it will punish political parties found to be breaking electoral rules and the new Electoral Act of 2022 (as modified), particularly during the elections of 2023.

The commission asserts that it won’t abandon electronic results transmission in favor of a manual one, lowering the threshold for the election of the next year.

Festus Okoye, national commissioner for INEC and head of its information and voter education committee, provided the clarification at a post-election roundtable and public presentation of the final report on the observation of the 2022 governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun, which were organized by the human rights group Yiaga Africa.

He said, “I want to seize this opportunity to assure Nigerians that this present commission will be bold and courageous in prosecuting the 2023 general elections.

“We are going to harvest and we will continue to harvest lessons from the Edo governorship election, Ondo governorship election, Anambra governorship election, and Ekiti and Osun governorship elections in shaping the way we approach the 2023 general election.

“We are going to harvest all the good practices, we are also going to look at some of those issues we did not do so well and we will improve on them.

“But our assurance is that this commission will not lower the bar and we are going to improve and we continue to improve with every election.

“All the good practices we deployed in prosecuting the elections under review will also be deployed for the prosecution of the 2023 general election.

“This commission will continue to upload polling unit results to our INEC results viewing portal; this commission will not depart from it.

“The Nigerian people will be involved at every inch of the process in terms of knowing what is going on at the various polling units through our processes and procedures.

“We will continue to also manage the collation process transparently so that all Nigerians will also follow whatever we are doing and we will not depart from all the good practices we have established.”

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Okoye asked civil society organizations and other significant stakeholders to study the Electoral Act 2022 in order to get the necessary knowledge of its provisions while soliciting the support of Nigerians.

“There are creative and innovative provisions that have been imputed into the Electoral Act 2022 that has changed the framework and dynamics of election management and result management in Nigeria.

“Unless we have a good knowledge of these documents, it will be very difficult for us to follow the trajectory of the electoral process and some of the innovations and some of the changes the commission we make and we continue to make towards improving the character and content and context of elections.

“We plead for the understanding of Nigerians, we plead for the cooperation of Nigerians because we recognise the fact that the 2023 election will be challenging, but we have the capacity, and we also have the courage to face those challenges in a very broad and courageous manner.”

Yiaga Africa’s Board Chair, Hussaini Abdu, asked INEC to take a cue from the Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections given that both elections took place shortly after the 2022 electoral act was passed and reaffirmed Yiaga Africa’s commitment to electoral monitoring.

Abdu charged INEC with improving logistics, saying it has been a serious problem throughout Nigeria’s history.

He said, “Many times, particularly in the last three rounds or cycles of elections these ones that we categorise as up season elections shape the character of what to expect in the forthcoming general elections.

“We saw that in 2015 and we saw that in 2019, but what makes this more remarkable and require much deeper reflections and conversations is the fact that we have elections taking place after the new electoral Act and that is very important.”

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