INEC Warns Against Vote Buying Ahead Bayelsa Election
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. Source: Channels TV

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the results of the November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states will not be transmitted electronically.

Chairman of INEC Mahmood Yakubu said this on Thursday at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) of Kogi and Bayelsa states in Abuja.

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The INEC boss was represented by the electoral body’s National Commissioner Festus Okoye.

“While section 52, subsection 2 of the electoral act gives the commission the discretion to make a determination relating to the procedure to adopt in any election,” he said.

“Sections 63,64,65,66,67 and 73 of the same electoral act prescribed the mode of transmission of election results and it is manually.

“So we are going to conform to the provisions of the electoral act as amended and also conform to provisions about regulations and guidelines in relations to the transmission of the election results in the spirit of the law.”

The INEC boss, however, assured that the body will use the smart card readers for the verification and authentication of voters during the elections.