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INEC makes U-turn, says results of Bayelsa, Kogi, Imo guber elections will transmitted electronically

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has
said that the results of the November 11 governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo
and Kogi states will be transmitted electronically.

 

Recall that the Bayelsa State Resident Electoral
Commissioner (REC), Ofiong Efanga, recently, at a press conference, said that
the commission would adopt a manual mode of transmission of the governorship
election results.

 

But INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, during the
monitoring of the mock election in Lokoja, Kogi State, said whatever the
Bayelsa REC must be disregarded.

He said: “The method is as provided by law—electronic
accreditation and electronic upload of results on the INEC Results Viewing
(IReV) portal, and that is why we are doing this mock.

 

“So please disregard whatever was reported about what the
REC was said to have said in Bayelsa and that is going to be the procedure. And
it is for that reason that I will advise you also for those who have registered
on the IReV portal, in the next two hours or so, they should go to the IReV
portal, they will see the result of the mock from all three we are uploading,
as we have done in previous elections.”

 

Yakubu noted that the security agencies have given
assurances of adequate security on election day.

 

According to him, “Well, so far, so good in terms of
assurance from the security agencies, as we can see; they’re even here for the
mock election, and next Friday, there is going to be a high-level meeting in
Abuja, chaired by myself and the National Security Adviser, in which all the
security chiefs will be present to discuss the issue of security for the three
states.

 

“So we are on top of the situation in terms of security
arrangements and security deployment.”

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