Halt ongoing collation of presidential election results now, POSN tells INEC 

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Peter Obi Support Network (POSN) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stop the collation of results and comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act which stipulates that results must be uploaded and transmitted to IRev.

POSN in a statement signed by Alhaji Ismaila Savu of the group’s  Directorate of Information , condemned the electoral body for violating its own laws on transmission  of results.

It posited that INEC has violated all the stipulated guidelines on transmission of results despite assurances to the public.

The statement reads in part : “The Presidential Election of 2023 was conducted on the 25th day of February 2023. Most of the election spilled to the early hours of the 26th day of February 2023.

“During the collation of the results, INEC Polling agents refused, failed and neglected to upload scanned copies of the EC8A to the IReV therefore did not electronically transmit the result of the polling unit to the collection system.

“The polling officials mentioned several factors that stopped or inhibited the upload and transmission such as (1) wrong password, (2) No Password (3) No Network (4) Device Low battery (5) Presidential IReV not working. 

“When approached, INEC through its spokesperson Barr Okoye insisted it was a mere glitch and that the IRev will be back in no time.

“To out greatest chagrin, the Chairman of INEC began to collate the results and start receiving results from the state returning officers without these results being transmitted or uploaded in the IReV. 

“This is a violation of the extant laws that require all results to be uploaded and transmitted to IReV. 

“We therefore request that the Commission should immediately halt the ongoing return exercise and announcement of results until these results are uploaded and transmitted to IRev.”

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