By Rabiu Sani
#TrackNigeria: Collation of results is in progress in Maiduguri in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the collation was being conducted at the Independent National Election (INEC) office in the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council.
NAN reports that the exercise, presided over by INEC officials in the presence of party agents, election observers and journalists, was going smoothly.
Dr Usman Gadzama, the Returning Officer, Borno Central Senatorial District, said they have concluded collation in four of the 15 wards in the Maiduguri local government area.
Gadzama said that result from the remaining council areas were still coming in, adding that the exercise was being conducted simultaneously for the presidential and national assembly elections.
Also, Malam Adam Kasim, a Domestic Election Observer, expressed satisfaction with the progress of the collation exercise.
Kasim explained that the collation commenced on Sunday morning due to the security situation in the state.
“The collation of results was delayed until Sunday morning due to some security challenges, and the exercise is going on smoothly,’’ he said.
Kasim also expressed satisfaction with the high voter turnout and the peaceful conduct of the election in the state.
NAN reports that election results from far distant areas were coming in and collated at the Maiduguri centre in the Maduganari area of the metropolis.
Similar collation exercises were also ongoing for the presidential, the Senate and House of Representatives elections at Jere, Monguno, Bama, and other centres in the state.
Collation of results for the presidential election was expected to commence later in the day at the Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri. (NAN)