The Independent National Electoral Commission decided to reassess the hiring, training, and placement of such personnel in forthcoming elections and sought the opinions of collation and returning officers.
Due to criticisms from several Nigerians regarding the system used for the general elections in 2023, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, also announced that the result management system would be examined.
The chairman of the commission said that the commission would evaluate its strengths and shortcomings in order to enhance the results management system during the post-election review meeting with collation and returning officials on Friday in Abuja.
Yakubu said, “Issues have arisen and some Nigerians have raised concerns about result management at various levels. While some of the issues are subject to litigation and therefore subjudice, we can nevertheless discuss them broadly and most importantly share our experience on the way forward.
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“It is therefore the commission’s expectation that at this meeting we will identify areas of strength and weakness as well as the necessary reforms we need to introduce going forward.
“More specifically, and from your practical experience in the 2023 general elections, we would like to hear your perspectives on the processes and procedures for recruitment, training and posting of collation and returning officers.”
He said the commission was also looking into the logistics for movement to and from their place of assignment, the integrity of the collation and declaration procedure, including the application of the law, regulations and guidelines for result management.
He also cited for review the role of technology in result management, security of collation/returning officers and the collation centres, conduct of party agents and election observers during collation and the conduct of security personnel.”