Electronic transmission of election results not mandatory – APC
The Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, says there is no law making it mandatory for INEC to transmit electoral results electronically.
Dele Alake, Special Adviser on Media and Communications at the PCC made the declaration in Abuja on Friday when he spoke at a news conference.
Mr Alake said the transmission of election results was at the discretion of INEC.
According to him, the Electoral Act 2022 does not contain any mandatory provision regarding the transmission of results.
“The complaint over electronic transmission of election results is not supported by law.
“Section 38 of the Electoral Act 2022 relied upon by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) to challenge the result of the Feb. 25 presidential election has nothing to do with transmission of election results.
“Section 60, sub-section 2 of the Act deals with transmission of results and it is at the discretion of INEC. The Act does not contain any mandatory provision regarding the transmission of results.
“In any case, the process of transmitting results from polling units, whether real-time, two days later or at any time, cannot in anyway change the results that have been announced,’’ Mr Alake stressed.
He added that what was important was the counting of votes in the presence of party agents and to the hearing of voters.
Mr Alake said it was absurd to insinuate that time variation in uploading results would cause a change in the figures.
“In any case, the process of transmitting results from polling units, whether real time, two days later or at any time, cannot in anyway change the results that have been announced,’’ he said.
He added that the news conference was to respond to both the candidates of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and that of LP, Mr Peter Obi, following their recent statements as regards the election results.
He described the efforts by the PDP, the LP and the NNPP to approach the court over the election results as a welcome development.
“We must thank them for finally opting for the rule of law as against the initial belligerent posture as they continue their baseless journey of chasing after a mirage.
“Those that lay claim to democratic credentials are expected to be conscious of those inimitable minimum requirements of law and order, even in the face of perceived injustice.
“The initial knee-jerk and hothead call for anarchy by their proxies was ill-advised and would in no way serve any noble cause. It is good to know that reason has prevailed.
“We welcome the decision by the PDP, the LP and also the NNPP candidates to test their claims as ridiculous as they are in the court of law as provided for by the Constitution,’’ Mr Alake said.