The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said it has introduced a dedicated public election result viewing portal, known as ‘The INEC Result Viewing (IReV)’.
INEC, in a statement issued by Mr. Festus Okoye, National Commissioner, and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, after a meeting in Abuja, said IRev would enable Nigerians to view polling unit results in real-time as voting ends on election day.
INEC, at the meeting, approved the introduction of a new step to further strengthen its election management process, and enhance the transparency of the system.
Utilisation of the innovation would commence with the Nasarawa Central State Constituency bye-election in Nasarawa State, which will hold on Saturday.
Parts of the statement read, “To further strengthen the transparency in the election result management system, the commission has decided to introduce a dedicated public portal, IReV that will enable Nigerians to view polling unit results in real-time as the voting ends on election day.
“The commission wishes to emphasise 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.
“This innovation will begin from the Nasarawa Central state constituency bye-election. “Thereafter it will be extended to the Edo and Ondo State governorship elections as well as all subsequent elections.
“The commission hopes that this innovation will improve the transparency in election result management and therefore further consolidate public confidence in the electoral process.”
Stressing that the Commission was determined to addressing challenges surrounding the management of election results, the statement added, ”Citizens are often concerned, and sometimes rightly so, that results may not always be consistent with votes cast.
“INEC is determined to address any source of this concern through enhancing the level of transparency in the conduct of elections, more so in the process of releasing results of elections.
“It is a fundamental principle of democracy that in elections, votes are not only correctly counted, but that they also count.”
INEC said the result sheet of the Nasarawa Central state constituency election could be accessed by visiting https://inecelectionresults.com.
The statement added, “Click on Create a new account? Fill in your details in the form provided and click on Sign in and provide your State of origin and click on Continue.
“An account activation email is sent to the email address provided in the form.
“Check your email and correctly copy out the activation code which will be entered into the textbox provided on the portal.
“Then click on Activate. This logs you into the portal and you can select the Election which PU results in you are interested in viewing.”
Members of the public were advised to log out of the portal after use.