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LP, APC differ on delayed upload of 11,000 Polling Units results by INEC

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Roughly two weeks after the conduct of the 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections, the results of over 11,000 polling units have yet to reflect on the results viewing portal on the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, according to reports gathered from the Saturday PUNCH by Abuja Politico.

The portal popularly called “IREV” was designed by the INEC to allow for the electronic transmission of results from polling units and allow voters to monitor results from various polling units in real-time.

Checks revealed that only results from 165,810 polling units out of the 176,846 polling units have been made available, leaving over 11,000 yet to be made public.

Saturday PUNCH reports that there have been controversies over the failure of the INEC to transmit electoral results from polling units immediately after the conclusion of the electoral process.

The Labour Party had dragged the INEC to court to failing to transmit results electronically.

Commenting on the matter, human rights activist and electoral affairs analyst, OluwaDarasimi Bunmi expressed dismay at the failure of the commission to upload all the results from the polling units days after the election.

“This is highly disappointing and sad. We concluded the results weeks ago and up till now, results from polling units are still not available? I think it is high time we, the citizens, asked INEC questions. What is happening? All we want is free and fair elections and yet we can’t get it? For how long can we continue like this? It is high time INEC actually spoke on the issues that hindered the electronic transmission of results”.

The spokesperson for the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, has yet to respond to inquiries by Saturday PUNCH on the matter as of the time of filing this report.

Reacting to the development, the chief spokesman for the LP, Yunusa Tanko, disclosed that the report didn’t come to them as a surprise.

He said, “What we are saying is that they cannot upload those results because they know we have the authentic ones in our hands. That becomes a problem for them. I am saying this because most of the political parties have the authentic results already signed by designated INEC officials at the polling units, which are contradictory to what they announced to the people.

“That is where they have a problem. That is why they are rushing to get a court injunction to reconfigure the data for those particular results.

“Up till now, the court has given an order for us to visit and inspect those particular materials. About four days after that pronouncement, INEC has refused to give us access.”

Speaking to one of our correspondents, the APC Director of Media and Publicity, Bala Ibrahim, stated that the idea of uploading all the results on the INEC portal was just a formality since they had been officially announced at the national collation centre.

He said, “These are trivial issues. The APC won this election with a margin of over two million votes. What is people’s business going back to look for the results of 11,000 polling units on the INEC portal?”

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