The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has launched a website for live streaming of election results from polling units.
INEC’s spokesperson, Festus Okoye, made this known in a statement on Thursday, August 6.
Okoye said the portal will “strengthen the transparency in the election result management system.”
He said the use of the portal will start with the Nasarawa central state constituency election after which it will also be deployed in Edo and Ondo governorship polls.
The spokesperson said the measure does not constitute electronic collation of results as collation of election results shall remain a manual process as provided by the law.
He said INEC is determined to address these concerns as “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 statement read.
“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.”
Daily Times reports that INEC is preparing for elections scheduled to hold 19 September, 2020 in Edo and Ondo for governorship elections. Other states to observe senatorial elections are Bayelsa, Borno, Imo,Plateau,Cross River, Nasarawa and Katsina.