The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clarified that its laws do not mandate the electronic transmission of results for the 2023 presidential election. INEC’s position comes in response to a petition filed by the Action Peoples Party (APP) to the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC) challenging the election’s outcome.
The APP claimed that INEC’s failure to transmit the results electronically violated the law. However, INEC denied these allegations and maintained that the election was free, fair, credible, and in compliance with the Constitution and the Electoral Act. INEC explained that the prescribed mode of collation for the election was manual collation, and there was no collation system to transmit polling unit results electronically.
INEC also clarified that the online result viewing portal experienced some difficulties on election day and became erratic during collation, forcing its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team to implement a workaround while working to resolve the issue.