Atiku, speaking through his spokesman, Daniel Bwala, said anything short of a credible election, which the electronic collation of results guarantees, would be rejected.
According to him collating the results manually is a rigging plot by the electoral umpire.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said in an interview with Punch Newspaper that the commission would transmit results from polling units to its result-viewing portal, IReV, as witnessed in recent elections, but that the Electoral Act was clear on how collation should be done, which is manual.
Citing several sections of the Constitution and Electoral Act, Okoye said: “The implication of this is that the collation process of results is still essentially manual, but the collation officer must collate subject to his verification and confirmation that the number of accredited voters stated on the collated result are correct and consistent with the number of accredited voters recorded and transmitted directly from polling units.”
In a tweet, he said:”The whole world is looking to Nigeria to deliver a free, fair and transparent election in 2023 consistent with the electoral law as amended. Anything short of that will be unacceptable”
He added: “How can INEC apply the same electronic upload of results onto the viewing portal in ANAMBRA, EDO, EKITI, and OSUN which all worked perfectly fine, suddenly try to place reliance more on manual collation over the electronic uploads? What in law we call ‘consulting notice.’”
Other Nigerians have also rejected INEC’s announcement to collate the 2023 election results manually.
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@michaelevan101 said: “When are we starting our protest against @inecnigeria for planning to rig the 2023 election. INEC will see a protest they have never seen before.”
@adeyanjudeji said: “2023: Electronic collation of results are so simple and straightforward. INEC just need to upload 176k Polling Units results on its portal real-time and that’s all. They can even compartmentalize the results state by state. It’s so easy and E-collation eradicates rigging.”
@VictorIsrael1 said: “INEC come and explain to Nigerians why you want votes to be counted manually. This is not acceptable! Your plan is dead on arrival. We will resist you, APC, PDP and everybody involved in devising new means to rig elections. Nigerians are awake now! We say no @inecnigeria.”