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General News of Sunday, 26 February 2023


‘Draw your figures only from INEC’ – Prof Yakubu appeals to parties, media

Prof Mahmood Yakubu is INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu is INEC Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has appealed to all political parties and media organisations in the country to ensure that they only draw their official figures only from them.

He explained that the Commission will display all results as and when they come in on several screens at the National Collation Center in Abuja so that all can see.

He added that the center will be open the entire period of the process of receiving results from the elections of Saturday, February 25, 2023.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made this known when he officially opened the Results Collation Centre in Abuja, a day after the elections were held across the country.

“Having set the ground rules, from today, the Collation Center is hereby declared open until the final determination of the 2023 general elections. During the course of proceedings, there may be interlude for adjournments. This will be announced by announced by the Returning Officer as the need arises.

“As soon as any of the scopes arrives, the process of collation will begin. Once the process begins, the Collation Center will be opened all day and all night, subject only to short breaks, as may be announced by the Returning Officer.

“The official results will be shown on several screens here at the Collation Center… I appeal to all political parties and media organisations to draw their figures only from the official results released by the Commission, as the only body constitutionally responsible for releasing official election figures,” he said.

The INEC boss however failed to indicate exactly when he would be able to declare the winner of the contest.