Counting Votes: Ward-level collation during Nigeria’s 2019 election

The 2019 general elections is the sixth general election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since the return to civilian rule in 1999. Presidential and national assembly elections followed governorship, state houses of assembly/ and FCT area council votes are scheduled to take place across a two-week period. However, the 2019 election was marred by INEC’s last minute postponement of the presidential and national assembly election by a week – from 16 to 23 February 2019 – citing logistics challenges just hours before voting was due to start. This disrupted the INEC calendar which specified that presidential and national assembly elections would always be held on the third Saturday of February of every election year. This is the third consecutive time, INEC has postponed elections, having done so during the 2011 national assembly elections during voting, and ahead of the 2015 on security grounds.

 

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Counting Votes – Ward-level collation during Nigeria’s 2019 election