The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has encouraged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish details of the 2019 general election results conducted earlier this year from the ward to the national level.
Ms. Idayat Hassan, the CDD Director, made the announcement yesterday in Abuja where she discussed the book, ‘Counting the Votes and Ward-Level Collation during Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Election: A Post-mortem Analysis.’
Idayat noted that INEC was less transparent in the 2019 general election than it was during the 2011 and 2015 elections.
“INEC should transparently and proactively publish, via the INEC website and through civil society organisations, official results for all elections, showing full and accurate breakdown of figures down to polling unit level,” she stated.
“It should work towards developing a way of transparently making ward-level results easily accessible to and searchable by the public.
“One of the most noticeable and avoidable missteps INEC has made following the 2019 election is its refusal to publish detailed election results on its website. INEC has only published national level totals for the 2019 presidential election, choosing to keep sub-national results data hidden from public view. This opaque approach reverses the tangible albeit incomplete progress on results transparency that accompanied the 2011 and 2015 elections.”
Chief Peter Ameh, the National President of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has said that INEC should learn from their mistakes and make sure that they make necessary arrangements for next elections.