The All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) says there is no law requiring INEC to transmit election results electronically.
Dele Alake, the CCP's Special Advisor for Communications and Media, made the statement in Abuja on Friday during a press conference.
Alake said the transmission of election results is at the discretion of INEC.
According to him, the 2022 election law has no mandatory provisions related to the transmission of results.
“Complaints about the transmission of electronic election results are not supported by law." Article 38 of the Election Law 2022 invoked by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labor Party (LP) to oppose the results of the February 25 presidential election has nothing to do with the transmission election results.
“Article 60, subsection 2 of the law, deals with the transfer of results, and this is up to INEC's discretion." The law does not contain any mandatory provisions regarding the transmission of results.
"Under no circumstances can the transmission of the results of the polling stations, whether in real time, two days later, or at any time, in any way modify the results already published." Alake emphasized. He added that it is important to count votes in the presence of party representatives and at voter hearings.
Alake said it makes no sense to insinuate that the difference in result upload times will cause the numbers to vary.
"Under no circumstances will the transmission of the results of the polling stations, whether in real time, two days later, or at any time, in any way modify the published results," he further stated.
He added that the press conference had to answer both the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the LP candidate, Peter Obi, following their recent statements about the election results.
He described the efforts of the PDP, LP, and NNPP to approach the courts about election results as a welcome development. “We have to thank them for finally choosing the rule of law over their original belligerent stance as they continue their journey in pursuit of the baseless illusion."
“Democracy claimants must be aware of these inimitable minimum requirements of law and order, even in the face of perceived injustice."
"The instinctive and crude initial appeal to anarchy by their proxies is false and will serve no noble purpose." It's good to know that reason has prevailed.
“We welcome the decision of the PDP, LP, and also the NNPP candidates to check their claims, which are as ludicrous as when they went to court under the provisions of the Constitution,” Alake said. He said that hearing Atiku and Obi at their various press conferences confused the APC family.
“As we can all see, these two experienced politicians identify a lack of adherence to the principles as the basis for discrediting the legally elected ballots of Nigerians.
“We will look at the so-called process allegedly violated by voters and how it, in their wild imaginations, undermined the credibility of the election."
“The claim that INEC did not use the BVAS is false; those who voted across Nigeria, including Atiku and Obi, were accredited by the BVAS," Alake said.
Source; The Vanguard Newspaper Online
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