‘We’re not going up’: INEC reacts to viral video of staff saying Lagos election results will not be transmitted electronically

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reacted to a viral video on social media in which one of its ad-hoc staff members was heard saying that the results of the gubernatorial and assembly elections Ongoing statewide in Lagos State will not be transmitted electronically to the INEC Results Visualization Portal (IReV).

In the 49-second video seen by THE WHISTLEThe ad-hoc staff member was heard telling voters that agents from the various political parties are aware of the directive not to upload the election results on the IReV portal.

The official said “if you want us to vote, we will vote for you now, but if you don’t want us to vote, you can go home”, and emphasized that the various agents of the political parties are aware of the development.

answering when THE WHISTLE sought his reaction to the video, Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner for Electoral Information and Education, said the ad-hoc staff member is not “properly informed.”

Our correspondent’s findings indicate that a similar situation occurred at the Victor Olaiya/Idahosa Aguda voting unit in Surulere, Lagos, where another official stated that the results of the voting unit would not be uploaded to the portal in accordance with the rules. of the INEC. and guidelines.

She said that the results will only be uploaded to the “Recreation Center” where they claimed there is an internet network.

Okoye said THE WHISTLE that the commission is attempting to contact the ad-hoc staff members involved to correct the misinformation.

“We are trying to get in touch with these ad-hoc personnel. That the staff does not have the necessary information. Results from various voting units need to be uploaded from the polling point,” he said.

THE WHISTLE recalls that the lack of transmission of the results of the presidential elections of February 25, 2023 by INEC to the IReV portal was part of the reasons why the Labor Party and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) contest the result of those elections in the courts.

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