Collation and Counting of Votes Still on, despite extension of polls

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Collation and counting of votes have commenced across Nigeria following the conduct of what is being described as the country’s freest and most peaceful Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The vote count is continuing despite the Independent National Electoral Commission’s extension of voting in some parts of the country.

The Electoral Commission hinged its decision to extend voting on what it termed technical problems in the conduct of elections in the affected communities.

INEC Commissioner for Voter Education, Dr Chris Iyimoga, also attributed the extension to the late arrival of electoral materials in some places. He also explained that INEC officials had been directed to use the manual register to accredit voters wherever the card reader could not authenticate the Permanent Voter Cards-PVCs.

In places where delays were due to the late arrival of voting materials, accreditation have now ended and voter’s were seen patiently waiting to exercise their franchise.

Voting closed in most polling centres across the country at about 18.00 Hrs GMT, especially in centres where accreditation ended by 13.00 Hrs GMT.

In many of the polling centres in most states across the country and Abuja, accreditation and voting were held in an orderly and peaceful manner, with only a few glitches with the card readers and a few incidents of rowdiness in one or two polling units.

Results of Saturday’s elections are to be announced by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in due course.

 

Source# VON#

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