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INEC Amends Guidelines On Votes Counting
By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has effected a change to its election guidelines on the sorting and counting of ballot papers after the close of an election.
The new clause affected the paragraph 26 of the guidelines, where the presiding officer is expected to sort all wrongly deposited ballots and transfer them into their appropriate ballot boxes.
The insertion of the new clause, according to INEC's bulletin, followed observations by the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), political parties as well as legal experts.
"Following the observations of Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and Political Parties and the inputs of its Legal Services Department and the Commission's Consortium of Lawyers, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday issued a corrigendum in respect of the Guidelines and Regulations For The Conduct of 2015 General Elections and The Manual For Election Officials 2015 as follows:
"Paragraph 26 of the Approved Guidelines and Regulations for the conduct of the 2015 General Elections on Sorting and Counting of Ballots and Recording of votes, is amended as follows:
"At the close of voting, the Presiding Officer shall: (a.) Cancel all unused ballot papers by crossing them; (b.) Sort the ballots at 2 levels as follows: (i.) Sort all wrongly deposited ballots and transfer them into their appropriate ballot boxes; (ii.) Sort out the ballots by party and thereafter loudly count the votes scored by each party in the presence of the polling agents and observers," it said.
Source: Daily Trust