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INEC Reacts To Viral Video Of Lagos Staff Saying Results Will Not Be Electronically Transmitted


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to a viral social media video of one of its ad-hoc staff members saying polling unit results of the ongoing governorship and state assembly elections in Lagos State would not be transmitted electronically to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV).

Recall, a viral video of an ad-hoc staff member at the Victor Olaiya/Idahosa Aguda polling unit in Surulere, Lagos telling voters that agents of the various poltlical parties are aware of the directive not to upload the results of the election to the IReV portal surfaced on social media.

The female staff member said “if you want us to vote, we will vote you now, but if you do not want us to vote, you can go home,” stressing that the various political party agents are aware of the development.

Responding to the video, Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, told the whistler that the ad-hoc staff member is not “properly informed.”

Okoye further noted that the commission is trying to get in touch with the ad-hoc staff members involved to correct the misinformation.

“We are trying to get in touch with that ad-hoc staff. That staff does not have the necessary information. Result on various polling unit must be uploaded from the voting point,” he said.

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It would be recalled that INEC’s failure to transmit results of the February 25, 2023, presidential election to the IReV portal formed part of the grounds for which the Labour Party and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are challenging the outcome of that election in court.