The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that polling unit results will be uploaded in real-time on the Result Viewing Portal (IReV) in the days leading up to the November 11, 2023 off-season governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states.
Mary Nkem, INEC’s Acting Director of Voter Education and Publicity stated this on Sunday night while appearing on Channels Television’s People’s Townhall on Election Security in Abuja.
All Nigeria Latest News reported that the official said all the difficulties experienced during the general elections earlier in the year had been fixed.
Nkem stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has implemented extensive measures to ensure the timely distribution of sensitive materials to polling units. Additionally, ad hoc officers will be housed in close proximity to the polling units one day prior to the commencement of the exercise.
“Rather than people moving from the local government headquarters to the various polling units, they are moved closer to the PUs (polling units) where they are going to work. So, I can assure you that God willing, we will deploy early,” Nkem said.
INEC’s Acting Director of Voter Education and Publicity further said that sensitive materials will be moved from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) vaults to Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo by Monday.
Nkem also said the Commission conducted mock accreditation some three weeks ago in all three states “to confirm the functionality of the BVAS, accredit voters as well as upload of polling unit results to the IreV and these were optimally carried out”.
Inquiring about the issues with the IReV during the February 2023 presidential election and whether they had been addressed before the three off-cycle governorship polls, the INEC official affirmed, “Certainly, we conducted a post-election review, and we pinpointed and resolved all the issues that occurred.
“Well, there was a glitch, technology (glitch), and it will interest you (to know) that if you go to the IReV now, all those results are on the IReV. It is just that they could not be uploaded in real-time, but they were uploaded later on, and we can assure Nigerians.”
This assurance, she added, was because “even the mock exercise that we conducted, within two hours, all the results were on the IReV”.
To monitor collation, the official of INEC urged all parties with candidates in the forthcoming elections to keep records of all the polling units.