INEC in the final stage of Presidential Election Results

INEC in the final stage of Presidential Election Results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is in the final stage of collating and announcing the presidential election results in Nigeria. The election was held on Saturday across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with 18 presidential candidates contesting. However, violence, logistical problems, theft of BVAS, and other issues led to the postponement of the election until Sunday in some polling units in different states.

Despite the challenges, the election has been largely concluded across the country, with some states having already finished collating the results at the ward, local government, and state levels. INEC collation officers across the states are expected to present their final tallies at the National Collation Centre in Abuja from 6 p.m. on Sunday, with state collation officers taking turns to present their results.

The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, presides over the National Collation Centre proceedings and is the presidential election’s Chief Returning Officer. He will announce the final results and declare the winner of the election after taking the results from the polling units across the country.

This year’s general election is the seventh since the restoration of democracy in the country, with previous elections held in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. The election had 18 registered parties to be voted for, with four major contenders: Atiku Abubakar of PDP, Bola Tinubu of APC, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of NNPP. To be declared the winner, a candidate must score the highest number of votes and at least 25% of votes in 25 states (two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states and the federal capital, Abuja).

Despite the delays and challenges, many Nigerians eagerly await the election’s outcome, which will determine the country’s political direction for the next four years. The results from various states have started coming in and are being collated at the National Collation Centre in Abuja. As of the time of writing, the APC has secured 7,201,483 votes, while the PDP has 5,450,282 votes. The LP has 3,802,740 votes, while NNPP has 1,850,441 votes.

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