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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials at Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State barred journalists, party agents and observers from the collation centre.
As against the practice of collating results publicly in the interest of fairness, the returning officer of the Governorship and House of Assembly Elections, took the results from the wards to an inner office where she and some selected persons carried out the exercise.
Journalists and observers who had converged on the collation centre at the end of voting and polling units collation on Saturday were denied access to the inner office.
At about 4:58am on Sunday, the returning officer alongside police escorts left the INEC LGA office at Somolu with the results.
It is unclear if they were headed for the state collation center at Birrel Avenue, Yaba, as they refused to address the media..
An observer, who spoke off the record for the fear of being victimised, said, “After spending the night outside at the INEC office , I was able to get result snapshot from an official whom I had met in the last presidential election.
The person was invited to the inner office
Source The Niche.
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