INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, has stated that in spite of Saturday’s extension of the elections in some parts of the country, the final results of the presidential election will be declared before the end of today, March 30th.
Jega made this known Sunday, 29th March as more results came forth from the various wards, PUs, LGs and States.
Jega corrected public misconceptions stating that when he said results would be released in 48 hours, the people need not count wrongly. Apparently, the INEC Chairman says the citizens “[ought to] start counting 48 hours from yesterday (Saturday) when substantial majority of the polling units ended elections” as against counting 48 hours from the morning elections started.
In sum, Prof. Jega expressed delight on the polls nationwide, stating that there’s been a massive turn out nationwide in various Polling Units, especially in the volatile North-East regions of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.
Punch reports Jega as saying; “We are pleased that the elections went on smoothly in a substantial number of polling units across the country, including the North-East where the commission was also able to conduct voting for Internally Displaced Persons in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno”.
Jega held that out of more than 150,000 card readers used for the conduct of the polls, only 300 failed, representing about 0.25 per cent of the total number of machines, according to a Punch correspondent.
“It is also gratifying to note that the card readers worked well in the majority of polling units, even though there were areas where difficulties experienced necessitated additional guidelines to allow for manual accreditation of voters, as announced yesterday (Saturday),”.