The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) proposal to manually transmit results from the governorship election in Bayelsa State on November 11 has been protested by the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide.
In a statement released on Monday, IYC Worldwide President Theophilus Alaye responded to Bayelsa State REC Ofiong Efanga’s announcement at a press conference that he would be switching to a manual mode of transmitting the results of the governorship election.
To prevent Efanga from considering a manual transfer of results in the state, he urged INEC’s national chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
When it comes to the governor’s race in Bayelsa, Alaye said Yakubu should instruct the state’s REC to use electronic transmission of results and follow the electoral laws.
He warned that if the findings were manually transmitted, it would just confirm the people’s suspicions and throw the state into an unnecessary crisis.
Since the REC adopted an electronic manner of transmitting results from the polling places, including in the most rural sections of the state, the president remembered, there were no challenges registered in the state in the most recent presidential, national, and state house assembly elections.
Alaye said that the REC’s announcement that manual transmission of results will be used was evidence that the electoral authority in the state was making preparations to suppress the people’s votes.
He cautioned Efanga to take into account the fact that the outcry over INEC’s inability to transmit the presidential election results has led many Nigerians to question the commission’s credibility and transparency.
Except for the most recent presidential and state house of assembly elections, which were peaceful due to the employment of the BVAS and the electronic transfer of results from the pulling units, you should know that Bayelsa State has historically suffered and recorded a high level of violence. Therefore, IYC hopes that the next elections in Bayelsa State will be conducted without incident,” Alaye added.