We’ll announce election results 24 hours after closure of polls – EC
The Electoral Commission (EC) has said it will announce election results 24 hours after polls close.
Speaking at an interaction with the Council of State on Friday, November 20, 2020, Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa said the Commission had introduced some measures which will facilitate the declaration of election results within 24 hours.
“We are promoting some efficiency into the system. We have worked with our numbers and we have a duration within which the results should be transmitted.
“We are expecting that by the next day, we should be able to declare the results. We do not intend to go beyond 24 hours. And we are confident that God being our helper, because of the efficiency we have introduced into the processes, we should be able to declare results within 24 hours.”
Giving details on measures taken by the EC to ensure that results are collated on time, Ms Mensa said her outfit had allotted specific time frames for both polling stations and collation centres to sort the results.
“At the polling station level, we have given the polling centres an hour and a half to be able to send the results to the collation centre.
“At the constituency collation centres as well, we have provided them with three hours within which they will collate the results accurately and send the results to the regions. We are confident that we should have all the results before midnight and we are confident that come December 8 we should be able to declare the results.”
12 presidential candidates have been approved by the EC to contest in the upcoming election.
Several other candidates are also contesting within the 275 constituencies nationwide hoping to become Members of Parliament.
The EC has already assured it is prepared to deliver successful, credible, fair and orderly elections on December 7, 2020.
The EC has also said it is about 99% complete with the distribution of electoral materials nationwide ahead of the December 7, 2020 polls.