The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, officially opened the 2023 presidential election collation centre in Abuja.
The collation centre is at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, set some ground rules for the collation of election results
Yakubu advised political parties to only draw their figures from INEC.
He also said the collation of presidential election results will be done at four levels.
The first level is at the 8,889 wards, then at the 774 local government areas, the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) at the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The REC will submit the votes per candidate in Abuja.
“The collation centre is hereby declared open until final announcement of results of the 2023 presidential election,” Yakubu said.
He also announced that collation from states will resume by 6.00 p.m. when results from states would have arrived.
Meanwhile, security operatives reportedly shot dead one person at INEC collation centre in Idanre Local Area of Ondo State.
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The deceased was identified as Akinlabi Akinnaso, popularly known as Oluomo.
Rivers Residents Await Results of Presidential Election
There are high expectations in Port Harcourt and other parts of Rivers State as residents await the outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The NewsZenith gathered that between 7.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. on Saturday, INEC was still conducting elections in some areas.
The Bi-modal Voters Accreditation (BVAS) machines malfunctioned in many areas, including at Ward-9, Unit-7 in Rumuiprikon, Obio/Akpor LHA, where Gov. Nyesom Wike voted.
The heavy downpour and lightning during the voting hours on Saturday also led to voters seeking shelter and later returning to their polling units.
As of noon on Sunday, INEC has not uploaded any results.
At the INEC office, along Aba Road in Port Harcourt, as of 11.00 a.m.no result has arrived from any of the local government areas.
Some party supporters have been eagerly awaiting to know the fate of their candidates.
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