Election Monitor (EM), one of the fifty-four Election Observer groups accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the 2018 Ekiti State Governorship Election has developed a mobile web applications and auto-collation system for political parties.
This was made known in a press statement signed by the national coordinator Election Monitor, Mr Abiodun Ajilola over the weekend, thanking the Team members for passionately and assiduously working for the success of the project, said the team has several observers in its mission, who will be deployed across all the local government areas of Ekiti State on Saturday 7th July, 2018.
He said: “One of the most critical aspects of the Election Day process is the collation of results. Election results from the polling units are collated first at the ward or registration area (RA) before being forwarded to the local government area (LGA) before the final collation at the state collation centre. Since this is a governorship election the state collation serves as the last point for collation.
“ The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does this for transparency of the Election Day process especially collation. However many political parties do not take advantage of these results provided by INEC to develop their own custom built internal collation system. As a result some have made accusations of manipulation of election results in the past but have not been able to substantiate it as a result of having no alternate collation system.”
Stating further, Ajilola said Election Monitor has developed this innovative and first of its kind mobile and web applications for quick and effective internal collation of election results by political parties. Having such a system would ensure that political parties are able to compare their own collation with that of the electoral management body.
“The platform is not hosted on the Internet but uses internet protocols for the transmission of results from the mobile phones to the results page. This means that non-users cannot access the results display page online, since it has no web address.
“Where there are discrepancies the parties through their representatives could make the observations to the collation officials to ensure optimum accuracy of the collation process.”
He also said these mobile and web applications would strengthen the capacities of political parties during elections as well as ensure greater transparency in the electoral process. It would also bring greater acceptability to final results released because parties can attest to their veracity. Ultimately this will increase the propensity for peaceful elections.