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2019 Election: Results will be transmitted electronically from polling units to Headquarters – INEC official

A senior official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the electoral body has developed a technology that will enable it transmit election results electronically direct from polling units to its states' headquarters.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ebonyi, Godswill Obioma, disclosed this at a meeting with faith-based organizations on Tuesday, in Abakaliki.

According to him, the new technology is part of efforts by the commission to eliminate rigging, electoral frauds and other irregularities and to ensure the enthronement of credibility and transparency in the electoral process.

Mr. Obioma reassured the electorate that their votes would count in the 2019 general elections and urged them to participate in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

"INEC is strengthening the process of transmitting election results electronically direct from polling booths to INEC Headquarters.

"We hope that the latest technological innovation will be perfected and deployed in the 2019 general elections.

"The new strategy will discourage politicians from ballot box snatching, stuffing of ballot boxes and indulgence in other forms of electoral irregularities.

"The commission will do everything to ensure that votes count in 2019 and that those who will emerge will emerge through popular votes.

"We have only one message and the message is that you come out and register and ensure that you collect your PVC to qualify you to exercise your franchise," he said.

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