TMG in a statement Tuesday said “Based on the Quick Count methodology, TMG can confidently verify that the collation process was done properly and the official results as announced by INEC on November 18th, 2013 accurately reflect the votes cast on Election Day at those polling stations which held elections.
“The official INEC results for each candidate closely match TMG’s independent estimates – which are based on polling unit results collected from a representative random sample of polling units across all three senatorial districts and all 21 LGAs.
Only INEC declares official results as INEC is the constitutionally mandated body to conduct all aspects of elections. TMG does not announce official results. It provides independent verification of the official results as announced by INEC to enhance transparency and accountability in the electoral process.
The statement however said “As TMG has reported before, the process was not without serious shortcomings, including: Late arrival of election materials to polling units; No elections in five wards of Idemili North LGA – this issue is particularly worrisome as Idemili North is a party stronghold; Individuals with voter’s cards were refused accreditation; Pa ge 2 4. Simultaneous accreditation and voting (i.e. individuals being allowed to accredit and vote after accreditation had closed) created the possibility of illegal voting; and
Simultaneous accreditation and voting (i.e. individuals being allowed to accredit and vote after accreditation had closed) created the possibility of illegal voting; and A significant number of voters who left polling units after accreditation did not return to vote (thereby disenfranchising themselves).
“These shortcomings undermine public confidence in the electoral process – especially since many of these issues are not new and have plagued past elections. For the 2015 elections to be credible, INEC must work in partnership with political parties, civic organizations, and government bodies to find practical solutions to these problems.
TMG’s observation may come as a big relief for INEC.But it is unlikely to douse the rising agitation for a total cancellation of the polls by the opposition party.The All Progressives Congress,APC has called for a total cancellation of the polls and the party rejects INEC’s plan to hold supplementary elections.