BREAKING: ‘NATIONAL COLLATION CENTRE TO OPEN 6AM’- INEC CHAIR
- Ekiti First To Collate Result Nationwide
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has revealed at the just concluded media briefing by the umpire in Abuja that Ekiti state is the first to conclude its statewide collation and the State’s Returning Officer is currently heading to the National Collation Centre in Abuja.
BlackBox Nigeria reports that a major highlight of the briefing was the announcement by Prof. Yakubu who is also the Chief Returning Officer of the Presidential Election that the National Collation Centre will open today by 6 pm.
The Chairman while presenting the scorecard of the outcome of yesterday’s polls, affirmed that the commission was aware of the shortcomings recorded in different parts of the country and has made adequate arrangement to ensure that those disenfranchised are given the opportunity to vote again as back up Smart Card readers are already deployed.
The chairman also revealed that the commission already recorded the death of one of its electoral staff in Rivers state.
On under age voting in Taraba, Yakubu expressed that he is not aware of such occurrence while he reiterated that the constitution remains clear of the eligible voting age and any one caught will be dealt with accordingly by the concerned law enforcement agencies.
When asked on the commission’s position as regard tempering with results in Rivers State, he however debunked such claims.
“I am not aware that in any state any voter faked or tempered result as reported in the public domain” He debunked.
He finally assured that INEC responsibility is beyond just conducting a national election but to make the process credible.