The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has disclosed that the final collation of election results would open on Sunday at 6pm at the Situation Room in Abuja.
The INEC chair made this known while Speaking at the 5th press briefing held at the National Collation Centre in Abuja, which was also attended by the Inspector-General of Police.
Yakubu also said, “The final collation will open at 6pm with the general introduction of those who are present, including the agents. Then, I would set the ground rules for the collation of the results of the 2019 presidential election.
“The sorting and counting of ballots will take place at each polling unit while the first stage of the collation process takes place at the registration areas. From there, collation and declaration will take place at designated local government area result collation and declaration centres for federal constituencies and senatorial districts. The final collation and declaration of presidential election results will be done here in this hall.”
The INEC chair also noted that all underage voters and their sponsors would be arrested if they participate in the 2019 general elections.
He asked Nigerians to report underage voters to security agencies or INEC officials. Yakubu said, “Underage voting is an illegality because there is a statutory age for eligibility for registration of voters. But if on election day you find anyone that is apparently or conclusively underage, kindly report to any official of the commission or the security agencies.
“Working with the Inspector-General of Police, I say here that any underage person caught trying to be accredited or vote on election day will be arrested. Voting is only open to Nigerian citizens who are above the statutory age of 18. Underage voting is an illegality and let me seize this opportunity to warn those who may wish to sponsor underage persons to vote on election day that they will be arrested.”