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  • News - North Central - FCT
  • Updated: February 28, 2023

#electionresults2023: Okowa, Dattti-Ahmed Call For Cancellation Of Results

#electionresults2023: Okowa, Dattti-Ahmed Call For Cancellat

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Vice Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Yusuf Datti Ahmed have insisted on the cancellation of the Presidential election results.

The duo stated this at a joint Press conference in Abuja on the ongoing collation of the Presidential and National Assembly result, both Vice Presidential candidates, noted that non-transmission of the election results at the polling units vitiates the results currently being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Okowa noted that INEC is under a statutory obligation to transmit election results electronically, adding that “ INEC is preparing grounds for an illegitimate government

“We wish to state for the records that last weekend’s election was a sham.

"It was neither free nor fair. What played out yesterday at the National Collation Center exposes the National Chairman of playing to a predetermined script.

“Our position remains that the election and transmission of the results must be in tandem with the Electoral Act and the INEC guidelines.

“There is no doubt that INEC is under a statutory obligation to transmit election results electronically. Paragraph 38 of the INEC manual made pursuant to section 149 of the Electoral Act 2022 and the 1999 constitution as amended provides for this.

Okowa stated: “Paragraph 38 of the INEC manual made pursuant to section 149 of the Electoral Act 2022 and the 1999 constitution as amended provides for this.

He added, “That paragraph, which deals with the transmission of results at the polling units, is crucial, and it imposes statutory obligations on the part of INEC to upload polling units results on its portal.

“There is no doubt that polling units results are the pyramid upon which other results are built. Therefore, it is required that the moment polls come to a close and the results are declared, the results must be uploaded on INEC server or portal.

He stated that Paragraph 38 of INEC Manual 2022 made pursuant to the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and section 149 of the Electoral Act 2022 provides that: “On completion of all the Polling Unit voting and results
procedures, the Presiding Officer shall:
(i) Electronically transmit or transfer the result of the Polling Unit, direct to the collation system as
prescribed by the Commission.

(ii) Use the BVAS to upload a scanned copy of the EC8A to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV), as prescribed by the Commission.
(iii) Take the BVAS and the original copy of each of the forms in tamper-evident envelope to the Registration Area/Ward Collation Officer, in the company of Security Agents.

“The Polling Agents may accompany the Presiding Officer to the RA/Ward Collation Centre.” It is mandatory and compulsory. INEC has no option.

"So, the failure to upload results and follow the procedures set out in paragraph 38 of the manual made pursuant to the Electoral Act 2022, is a fundamental breach that has the potential of rendering the election results that did not follow those procedures null and void.

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