The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Kwara state, Mallam Garba Attahir Madami, stated on Wednesday that there was a mixup in the delivery of election results sheets for the postponed presidential and National Assembly elections.
Backstory: Madami disclosed this while addressing party agents at the commencement of distribution of sensitive elections materials from the Ilorin office of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to local government areas in the state.
He said the result sheets for Kwara state were mistakenly taken to the commission’s office at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja while those for Lagos were delivered in Kwara and the sheets for Lagos were taken to Nasarawa state.
“The result sheets for Kwara were found in our FCT office in Abuja and they are going to be sent today. I will be here (CBN) till they bring it,” Madami stated.
He added, “Also the results sheets of Lagos were found here, I have sent it back; that of Lagos was also found in Nasarawa. You can see the reason the election was postponed.”
He said the commission is expecting to take delivery of the results sheets to be used for rescheduled elections before the end of the Wednesday even as he said the commission has taken delivery of other materials needed for the rescheduled polls.
“The result sheets are not going to be used not until Saturday, but we will get it before then,” he said.
He added that the commission has begun moving election materials to various local government areas in the state to ensure that the materials get to the difficult terrains like riverine areas early enough.
Bottom Line: The mix-up in the delivery of result sheets is incompetence by the agencies in charge, especially INEC. Hopefully the Mahmood Yakubu led INEC will realize that there’s no longer a margin for error both for Saturday’s election as well as the governorship and state assembly polls for March.