By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA— Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, adjourned announcement of results of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections to today.
According to the commission, the process has since been concluded in Ekiti State, and the State Collation Officer was expected in Abuja.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this while giving an update on the election in Abuja, yesterday, said: “Meanwhile, collation of results from yesterday’s (Saturday) elections continue nationwide. Almost all the states have concluded RA Collation and are now collating results at the LGA level.
“Some have commenced state level collation. We expect the state collation officers for the presidential elections to start arriving at National Collation Centre later today (yesterday) and early morning tomorrow (today).
“Accordingly, National Collation Centre will be officially declared open today (yesterday) at 6pm. Collation will commence as soon as the results arrive from the states. On this note, I wish to state that Ekiti State has already concluded the process.
‘’The state collation officer for the Presidential election is, as we speak, on his way to Abuja with the result of the Presidential election for Ekiti.”
He said though the commission was generally satisfied with the way Nigerians conducted themselves during the exercise, it was disheartening to note the killing of one of its adhoc staff in Rivers State by thugs.
The INEC boss said the commission had also handed over one of its electoral officers in Imo State to the Police for election duty infractions.
He said: ‘’In Imo State, one of our electoral officers had already been handed over to the Police. We will not tolerate violations against, or by our own officials.”