By Val Okara
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, disclosed that it has created a digital result collation portal for the October 31 bye-election in Imo North senatorial District.
Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Francis Ezeonu, told journalists in Owerri, the state capital, that the Commission was ready for the bye-election.
Ezeonu said that the Commission had improved on its 2019 outing and would do better at the bye-election.
According to REC, the digital portal would enable people to access the site with a particular code, saying that the essence of the digital portal was to improve the transparency of the process and to have first-hand information about the collation process.
Ezeonu said that politicians in the country were desperate because they see politics as a “lucrative” business.
The REC said that the Commission would arrest and prosecute its staff and ad hoc staff who engaged in acts that would undermine the electoral process.
He said that the Commission would start relating with candidates for the bye-election after September 17 when their names had been shortlisted.