Election umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has unveiled a portal where election results from polling units can be viewed in real time.
The portal will “strengthen the transparency in the election result management system,” said INEC spokesman, Festus Okoye, in an official release made available in Abuja on Thursday.
“To further strengthen the transparency in the election result management system, the Commission has decided to introduce a dedicated public portal, the INEC RESULT VIEWING (IReV), that will enable Nigerians to view Polling Unit results real time as the voting ends on election day,” the statement reads.
INEC is piloting the portal with the Nasarawa central state constituency election this Saturday and the gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo state later this year.
The initiative is not electronic collation of results as collation of election results shall remain a manual process as provided by the law, Okoye explained.
“The Commission wishes to emphasize that this does not constitute electronic collation of results. The collation of election results shall remain as provided for by law, a manual process of completion of relevant result sheets and their upwards collation until the final results are determined.
“The Commission hopes that this innovation would improve the transparency in election result management and therefore further consolidate public confidence in the electoral process.”