The Independent National Electoral Commission -INEC has said it would only do a nationwide pilot electronic transmission -e-collation of results in the forthcoming general elections.
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in his opening remarks at the Commission’s regular quarterly meeting with the media in Abuja where he said for the Commission to do full electronic transmission of results there must be a backing law for that.
Yakubu urged media organisations to sensitise registered voters yet to collect their Permanent Voter Cards -PVCs to do so, in order for them to be able to participate in the forthcoming general elections.
He re-emphasised that the commission would not create additional polling units for 2019 elections, other than units created for the 2015 general elections.
MEANWHILE – United Progressive Party –UPP has described any political party promoting the agenda of destabilising the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission -INEC weeks before the general elections as an enemy of democracy.
UPP in a statement issued in Abuja by the national chairman of the party, Chekwas Okorie said the conduct of elections has improved under the present INEC leadership with an unprecedented zero interference by the presidency.
The party therefore urged all political parties to be vigilant during the elections and educate their supporters on prevention of rigging and other manipulation of the electoral processes, adding that those elected through such transparent and acceptable processes will be accountable to the Nigerian people.
The statement also reiterated the decision of the National Executive Committee of the party to adopt President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate for the 2019 presidential election, saying that the decision was embraced by all party members without a dissenting opinion in spite of well-known machinations of non-party members who were unsettled by their collective decision to support and campaign for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari for the second and final term in office.