Stephen Dunmoye

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, has highlighted what he described as “urgent lessons” that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) must learn from the Kenya Presidential Election.

Chidoka on his Facebook post titled, ‘Kenya Presidential Election: Urgent Lessons for INEC,’ noted that the delay in Kenya’s collation of election results which was taking up to six days would not augur well for Nigeria.

He said, “As of 6am Nigerian time, the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission had tallied results from 253 out of 291 constituencies, Ruto is leading with 51.18% of the votes cast while Raila Odinga is at 48.14%. The winner needs 50% plus one vote to coast home. With 38 constituencies to go, the IEBC will likely announce the final result by midday today.”

Chidoka, who is also a former Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps, said the upload of results from polling units in Nigeria was an excellent innovation but the country needs to go further and upload the following: Form EC 8B – the ward collation results from the Residential Areas and Form EC 8C – the Local Government collation results.

“Upload the collated results for the State House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate election after collation and declaration.”

“Upload the form EC 8D – state collation results as signed by party agents before proceeding to Abuja,”

“The delay in Kenya where all the poll stations results were online since August 11, and collation has taken about six days will not augur well for Nigeria,” he said.

It should be recalled that the Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto led with slightly more than 51 per cent of the votes against his close rival Raila Odinga, with 48 per cent in the presidential election held August 9, 2022.

He noted that INEC was usually faster than the IEBC but “we are now confronted with a new system where parties can tabulate results from INEC uploads.”

“To improve transparency, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System backend should automatically collate the Polling Unit results for the ward level and print copies for validation and signing by ward agents of the political parties.”

Chidoka noted that this will “ensure that the result at the backend of the BVAS is consistent with the results on the BVAS tablets.”

“This is key for post-election issues,” he revealed.