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INEC still uploading results 87 days after presidential election

INEC still uploading results 87 days after presidential election

The INEC Results Viewing Portal (IREV) shows that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is still in the process of uploading the results of the presidential election. It has been 87 days, which is almost three months since the February 25, election took place and a winner was declared.

Upon checking IREV, BusinessDay found that results from 167,443 polling units out of the total 176,846 have been uploaded. This means that approximately 94.68 percent of the results have been successfully uploaded.

INEC has attributed the delay and slow pace of uploading the results to technical glitches and errors that occurred during the process. Despite this, INEC already announced Bola Ahmed Tinubu winner and the president-elect.

However, other candidates like Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party have challenged this outcome and are currently contesting it in court.

Data obtained from IREV also indicates INEC has fully uploaded the results for Ekiti state, which has 16 Local Government Areas. However, none of the other 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that took part in the 2023 presidential election has the commission finished this process yet.

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Livy Uzoukwu, counsel to Peter Obi at the tribunal has also lamented at the pre hearing that INEC is yet to grant him access to required documents as ordered by the court.

Meanwhile, a recent BBC investigation suggested possible manipulation of Nigeria’s presidential election. The report revealed discrepancies in the results from Rivers State, a critical battleground, although they did not affect the overall national outcome of the election held in February.

According to the BBC, “Tinubu’s official vote count showed an increase of over 106,000 compared to our polling station tally, nearly doubling his total in the state. In contrast, Obi’s vote decreased by over 50,000.”

The investigation also discovered various issues with the election data. Some results were missing or incorrectly uploaded on the election website, even a month after polling day. “Around 5% of polling stations had blurry tally sheet photos, and about 17% had no results at all, likely due to security concerns or technical difficulties,” BBC reported.