Voting ended on a peaceful note in most states of the federation this evening and INEC officials immediately went into counting of the votes at the polling units.According to INEC guidelines, the votes in each polling unit are to be counted there in the presence of party agents and results announced.
Result sheets from the polling units will be collected by supervisory presiding officers in the 8,800 wards for onward delivery to the collation centres.
At the collation centres in each federal constituency for the House of Representatives elections, and senatorial districts for the senatorial elections, the results will be announced before the returning officers hand over to the resident electoral officers.
Electoral officials are optimistic that many results could be in before midnight.
The INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega has already given a deadline of 48 hours to release all results. The provision has taken in to account areas that have difficult terrains such as the river side territories and mountainous regions.
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