Hey there! So, there are some important elections coming up in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is in charge of making sure everything goes smoothly. But guess what? The political parties haven’t fully followed the rules and submitted their lists of agents. Let’s find out more!
INEC told all the political parties that they needed to submit their lists of polling units and collation center agents. They even made an online portal for them to use. This all started on August 24, 2023. INEC also talked to the party representatives to explain how everything should work.
But here’s the thing, even though INEC gave them plenty of notice and reminders, the political parties haven’t really followed through. They haven’t submitted the lists of their agents like they were supposed to.
Let’s break it down by state. For Bayelsa, they were expecting a total of 40,372 polling unit agents, but only 29,278 have been uploaded. That’s only 72.5% of what they were expecting. In Imo, out of the expected 85,644 agents, only 51,681 have been uploaded, which is about 60.3%. And in Kogi, out of the expected 63,144 agents, only 23,720 have been uploaded, which is just 37.6%.
It’s not just the polling unit agents, though. They also need collation agents. But only 25.1% of the expected 15,804 agents have been uploaded. In Bayelsa, out of the expected 4,806 agents, only 1,246 have been uploaded. In Imo, out of the expected 5,994 agents, only 1,638 have been uploaded. And in Kogi, out of the expected 5,004 agents, only 1,095 have been uploaded.
INEC wants to remind the political parties that the online portal will close at midnight on October 10, 2023. So they better hurry up and submit their lists before it’s too late!