Two Nigerian tech experts have created an online platform for the collation and transmission of the results of the ongoing general election directly from polling units.
The platform known as Collate Africa was created by Oo Nwoye, the founder and executive director of TechCircle and Ozo Omosigho.
Nwoye, in an interview on ARISE TV yesterday, said Collate was designed to allow Nigerians independently and anonymously upload the election results from the 176,846 polling units across the country at the end of today’s election exercise.
These uploaded results, he said, will be accessible for real-time viewing by the public. Thus, eliminating corruption and fraud in the collation of the election results.
Following the controversies that trailed the outcome of the February 25 presidential election due to the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to transmit results on its results viewing, IReV, portal, Collate, it is believed, will address some of the concerns of Nigerians about the IReV.
Checks by The West African Pilot News show that for one to have access to the portal, https://www.collate.africa/, one is required to register by providing one’s state (for the election), local government area, polling unit, and email address.
Afterwards, one is taken to a page where one will input one’s state and local government, and select the type of election from a list showing president, senate, federal house of representatives, governor and state house of assembly.
An electorate will also be needed to input the total number of registered voters, the total number of accredited voters, as well as the total number of votes polled by each political party, the total number of invalid votes, and the total number of votes cast in their polling unit.
The last step is to upload a photo of the results from the polling unit signed by the presiding officer and submit the information provided.
Nwoye emphasised that the goal of Collate is not to aggregate results but to aid transparency in the electoral process.
“Our objective is transparency, not to provide official results. Aggregation is not our job; that is INEC’s. Besides, the Electoral Act does not give us the right to announce scores,” he said.
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