Good Governance Part 11
1. Last week, we were unable to further our discussion due to the advertisement of our 3rd annual public lecture of the United action for Change. It is my expectation that you will all join us at the event which promises to be eventful.
2. Today, we are discussing the role of ward, local, state and national polling agent as may be applicable.
3. Essentially they all substantially perform the same role. At the relevant level, the said agent must collect the result sheets from the polling agents from the lower units for the purpose of verifying what the INEC official will be pronouncing at collation stage.
4. Here, vigilance again is a key word. Where discrepancy occurs, the collation agent must object. Void votes must be watched out for.
5. Computation is essential also. After computation, it is important that the agent oversees the filling of the forms to ensure accuracy. Manipulation often occurs here.
6. With the introduction of the electronic transmission process, ensure what is entered for transmission is same as reflected in your tabulation as discrepancy can cause major problem.
7. It is upon final computation, and if at the terminal stage a return is now made by the returning officer and declaration of winner.
8. Whilst it is expected that all agents countersign the results, refusal and or neglect to sign does not invalidate the result.
9. Also ensure the appropriate officials sign and stamp the results as this could invalidate the results.
10. Once the return is made, then the election is concluded. Any aggrieved candidate can thereafter proceed to the tribunal to ventilate his or grievances.
11. With this, we conclude the electoral process. In our subsequent discussion, we shall be discussing our civic obligations as a citizen post election.
12. Again, remember ‘your vote is your life’.