The Kogi State governorship election results will be electronically transferred from the polling places to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) website, according to the electoral umpire.
This was disclosed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kogi, Prof. Gabriel Longpet, at a two-day media roundtable Engagement on the Kogi election Organized by the Independent Press Center, IPC in Abuja.
According to Prof. Longpet, the electronic transmission of the results will help to eradicate rigging, electoral fraud, and other abnormalities and ensure that the electoral process is established with integrity and transparency.
Longpet further reassured Kogin electorates that the concerns of insecurity that characterized the 2019 governorship race had been rigorously assessed and dealt with, and he urged them to cast their votes since the election will be free of turbulence.
“Of course, we will be transmitting the Kogi election electronically. A lot of infractions do happen between the polling units and the collation centre; the transmission of the results through electronic methods will prevent such issues of infractions from occurring.
“By the electoral acts, any results figures on form EC8A that appeared mutilated cannot be allowed. If results are transmitted electronically to the IREV, there will be no need for results to be hijacked in the first place, mutilated or changed.”
The Kogi guber election in 2023 “will be by the poll and not by the gun,” the state REC reaffirmed, promising that the commission would take all necessary steps to ensure that votes were counted and that the winner would be chosen by the general public.
“We have only one message and the message is that you come out to exercise your franchise,” he said.