By Shola Abayomi.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that results of the 1999 and 2003 general elections have gone missing.
The INEC National Commissioner on Election and Party Monitoring, Prof. Anthonia Okosi-Simbina made the disclosure on Thursday while speaking at a workshop on the proposed compendium of the results of 2007, 2011 and 2015 general elections, organized by the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Okosi-Simbina noted that the commission focused on preparing a compendium of the results available, as those for 1999 and 2003 were scattered in various offices.
She, however, stated that the data for the 2019 elections was properly documented.
“We want people to get the statistics of the voters; the women, the men, artisans and the rural dwellers. If political parties follow the demographics, they will be able to know their targets during political campaigns.
“It will also help the government in the provision of essential things and help INEC, too.
“It was difficult to get that of 1999 and 2003; much of the data were not made available because it was scattered in various offices. But the 2019 data was not like, that because we had a better way of storing them and it’s online”, she said.
She recommended that the results of elections should be released in a more organized manner.
Speaking further on the 2019 elections, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Board of the Electoral Institute, Prince Solomon Soyebi, said: “Results of the 2019 general election is on our website. It is separated based on sex, rural setting and other demographics.
“From the 2019 general election, we can now show the state with the highest votes.”