Contrary to earlier fear expressed in certain quarters, Amina Zakari will not be in charge of collation of results but will be in charge of the administration of the presidential collation centre, checks have revealed.
This clears earlier fears raised in various quarters that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appointed Mrs Zakari to head the presidential collation centre.
Checks by our reporter showed that she will only be in charge of the collation centre, with her role basically to oversee issues around the administration of the venue.
Her committee is an in-house Committee responsible for water, electricity, briefing rooms, ushers, internet facilities etc.
Meanwhile, there is the results collation committee/secretariat which is separate and under the exclusive control of the INEC Chairman.
A source within the Commission clarified that, the Collation Centre committee has no role in processing results collated from the States and presented to the Chairman by Vice Chancellors who serve as Collation Officers.
It would be recalled that Mrs Zakari was moved from Electoral Operations to Health and Welfare Committee.
The source said part of the Committee’s responsibilities is the administration of the Collation Centre, including sanitation, refreshment, accreditation of observers, media, party agents and nothing technical.
“It is the standard name used by the Commission in 2015. Incidentally, she was the Chairperson of the Committee in 2015 and it played no role in results collation. Jega was totally in charge. Same thing here, ” the source said.
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