The nation’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently introduced a dedicated portal to check election results uploaded from various polling units in real-time.
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, had made the announcement in a statement on Thursday last week.
Okoye, who also appeared as a guest on Channels Television’sSunday Politics, believes INEC should be commended for taking a step further to ensure transparency in its conduct of elections in the country.
He described the portal as a new step to further strengthen Nigeria’s election management process.
The portal, which was first used in the recently concluded Nasarawa Central Constituency election, would also be deployed in forthcoming governorship polls in Edo and Ondo States.
INEC had fixed September 19 and October 10 for the elections in Edo and Ondo, respectively.
The 10 easy ways to access election results on the portal have been highlighted below:
The President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump, says he will uphold a united America and reclaim the nation’s destiny when he takes over.
After an election campaign that has been described as divisive and intensely contested; Donald Trump will become the 45th US president following a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton..
In his victory speech, Mr Trump hailed his opponent saying; “she fought very hard. She has worked very long and hard over a long period of time. We have a sense of gratitude for her service”.
At the Trump campaign centre in New York, the President-elect pledged to be a President of all American people.
President To All Americans
He says he will rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans, Democrats and independence across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
“I pledge to every citizens of our land that I will be president to all Americans and this is so important to me.
“Working together, we will begin the process of rebuilding the nation.
“We will rebuild our infrastructure which will become by the way second to none and we will put many of our people to work as we rebuild it.
“We will embark upon a project of national growth and I will harness the creative talent of our people and we will call upon the best and brightest to leverage on their tremendous talent for the benefit of all.
“We have a great economic plan. We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time, we will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us.
“Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach. America will no longer settle for anything less than the best.
“We must reclaim our country’s destiny and dream big and bold and daring. We have to do that and we are going to dream of beautiful and successful things for our country,” he stressed.
Mr Trump further highlighted his commitment to his nation, saying; “while we will always put America’s interest first, we will deal fairly with everyone.
“We will seek common ground, not hostility… partnership not conflict”.
He acknowledged that it was a tough race to the White House and described politics as a nasty and tough affair.
The President-elect also said he would repeal most policies of the ruling democratic party.
“It has been what they call a historic event and to be really historic, we have to do a great job.
“While the campaign is over, our work or this movement has just begun. We will get to work immediately for all Americans. We are going to be doing a job that hopefully you will be so proud of your President.
“I love this country,” Mr Trump told the gathering.
He is set to become the 45th President of the United States and he won with 289 electoral college seats. It is the first time that a political outsider [a business man] will win the US presidential election.
The Republican candidate won key battleground states – Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.
Before Mr Trump was declared winner, Mrs Clinton had called him to concede election and congratulate him few minutes before the last result that gave him victory was declared.
Mrs Clinton who got 218 votes, had asked her supporters to go home and that she was not speaking tonight, after results were clear Mr Trump would win.
It was a different Trump that was seen delivering the victory speech, political analysts have said.
He had during campaigns said he would ensure that the nation’s borders were protected from migrants that come into US through them, emphasising that Mexican border would have a wall.
Few weeks to the election several allegations of sexual assault were put forward against him, but he denied the claims, saying they were made to tarnish his image.
The president-elect had raised concerns that the electoral process was already rigged in favour of Mrs Clinton, saying he will not commit to accepting the results of the election.
“I will accept the result only if i win,” he had said.
Donald Trump’s Profile
Mr Trump, born on June 14, 1946, is scheduled to take office as the 45th President on January 20, 2017.
Trump is a businessman and the chairman and president of the Trump Organisation, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests – a position he has said he will vacate prior to his assumption of the presidency.
During his career, Trump has built office towers, hotels, casinos, golf courses, and other branded facilities worldwide.
Trump was born and raised in New York City and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.
In 1971 he was given control of his father Fred Trump’s real estate and construction firm and later renamed it The Trump Organisation, rising to public prominence shortly thereafter.
He has appeared at the Miss USA pageants, which he owned from 1996 to 2015, and has made cameo appearances in films and television series. He sought the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, but withdrew before voting began. He hosted and co-produced The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC, from 2004 to 2015. As of 2016, he was listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 156th in the United States.
The Court of Appeal in Enugu has nullified the election of Uche Ekwunife, as the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District.
The court has consequently ordered a fresh election within 90 days.
Anambra Central Senatorial district is regarded as one of the most keenly contested in the country having a former Governor Chris Ngige, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh and of course Mrs Ekwunife.
The appeal was filed by Mr Umeh of APGA.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Datijo Yahaya said that the election of Mrs Ekwunife on March 28, 2015, did not meet the prescription of the Electoral Act.
Reacting to the judgment, Mrs Ekwunife said she had accepted the court’s decision and was ready for the fresh election.
Mrs Ekwunife before the nullification of her election was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Oil and Gas Downstream.
Police have placed a ban on all forms of procession, rallies or demonstrations in Bayelsa State, as the result of the governorship election concluded on Sunday is being awaited.
The State Police Command said the decision was taken after information at its disposal revealed that some disgruntled persons in the state were planning to carry out illegal demonstrations, processions and rallies.
Existing Peaceful Atmosphere
In a statement by a spokesperson for the Police in Bayelsa State, Mr Hashimu Argungu, the Police said rallies, protests and demonstrations of any kind would jeopadize the ongoing electoral process.
The command warned the intending perpetrators to desist from such acts, saying it will deal decisively with any person or group of persons who may engage in any conduct that will compromise the existing peaceful atmosphere.
It further advised the public to go about their normal businesses, as security agencies were poised to guarantee the safety of lives and property.
Collation of results is still ongoing in the Saturday election that was extended by the electoral body to Sunday to enable it hold elections in Ijaw South.
The incumbent Governor of Imo State and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has been declared the winner of the Imo State Governorship election, securing a second term in office.
Governor Okorocha was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the supplementary election of Saturday.
The re-run was between Governor Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The gunshots had caused scare in the north-east state, a region that had witnessed years of terrorists’ attacks.
No number of casualties have been reported.
Channels Television’s correspondent, Yemi Kosoko, said the gunshots were heard after elections have been held.
“News just filtered in that there is a problem in collation centre in Takum where the results of elections held in the local council were being collated. There was sporadic shooting at the collation centre.
“Apart from that, there are no other incidents reported so far,” he said.
The supplementary election held in three registration areas in the local council, where the April 11 elections were declared inconclusive.
He said there were expectations that the results would be trickling in.
The April 11 elections in some areas were declared inconclusive due to pockets of violence.
The re-run elections held in 11 states across Nigeria have ended and were adjudged peaceful, but with low turnout of voters.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Abia, Imo, Taraba, Delta and Kogi States amongst others. The April 11 elections in some local councils in the states were declared inconclusive.
Results of the elections are being expected.
In Imo State, officials of INEC were arrested for thumb-printing ballot papers in the governorship re-run election.
The persons were arrested at Omuma Primary School in Oru East Local Government.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Imo, Dr. Gabiral Ada, confirmed the arrest.
He said that the officials were already in Police custody.
The re-run was between Governor Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP.
Before INEC’s decision on April 12, the incumbent governor and the APC candidate was leading.
In Abia State, voting in several local government areas in the governorship re-run election ended peacefully.
Election was held in all the areas earlier listed by INEC for the re-run election except in Umunneochi Local Government Area.
INEC had erroneously scheduled election there, which was not supposed to take place in the first instance because the Form, EC40G, was not filled which indicated that there was no problem in the area.
The supplementary election was between Okezie Ikpeazu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Taraba State governorship re-run was also said to been concluded peacefully.
It was between the candidate of the PDP, Darius Ishaku and that of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Aisha Alhassan.
After collating the results from 16 out of the 17 local government areas of the state in the April 11 governorship election, the Taraba State Returning Officer for the governorship election, Muhammadu Kyari, declared the election inconclusive.
He said that the decision was taken because the number of cancelled votes was above the gap between the PDP candidate who came first and the APC candidate who came second.
Before the election was declared inconclusive, Mr Ishaku had polled 317, 198 while Senator Aisha had 262, 383 votes.
The elections were held in 10 local government areas of Bali Zing, Takum, Yorro, Donga, Wukari, Ussa, Karim Lamido, Kurmi and Jalingo.
The exercise held in 159 polling units with a potential 127,125 registered voters expected to exercise their franchise.
In Ekti State, There was a low turnout of voters in Ilejemeje Constituency in Ekiti State, where supplementary House of Assembly elections held in 20 polling units.
Few voters were at polling units for accreditation earlier in the day.
The same scenario played out at Polling Unit 007 Imose-Ise, Owakuta Polling Unit 003 and Ise Polling Unit 006.
INEC had deployed three National Commissioners and three Resident Electoral Commissioners to beef up the human capacity of the commission for the polls. The electoral body had assured Nigerians that election would be peaceful, free and fair.
Security was also beefed up in the three states where the supplementary governorship election was held.
The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, issued the restriction order on Friday.
“This restriction of vehicular movements order affects movements in and out of the areas where the rerun elections are to take place, except for ambulances, fire service trucks and others on essential duties,” the police said in a statement.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has urged the police to pay more attention to activities of high profile politicians who move about on elections day with their security details.
At a meeting between the chairman of the electoral body, Professor Attahiru Jega and the Acting Inspector General of police, Mr Solomon Arase, the INEC boss demanded more policing from in the elections that will hold in three states on April 25.
According to Professor Jega, such high profile politicians, who violate the movement restrictions on the day of elections, are the cause of major electoral problems in some states.
Mr Arase assured INEC of violence free elections in the three states of Taraba, Imo and Abia on Saturday.
According to him, very senior police officials have already been deployed to the states where INEC is conducting these elections.