The final collation of results for the presidential and National Assembly elections will commence at the INEC National Collation Centre, Abuja, by 12 noon on Monday.
This was announced by the INEC Deputy Director, Publicity, Nick Dazang, while speaking on a programme on the African Independent Television Sunday night.
He said collation of results is currently at the various levels in all the states and that results from only two states could be said to have come in.
Mr. Dazang said the Commission took the decision to commence collation on Monday at a meeting its officials held shortly after its chairman, Attahiru Jega, briefed the press.
Prof. Attahiru Jega, chairman of INEC had earlier said: “Our hope is to be able to declare within 48 hours (of polls closing on Saturday) and hopefully within less time”
Technical problems with new devices to “read” biometric voter identity cards along with the delayed arrival of election material and officials forced INEC to extend voting into a second day on Sunday.
Jega said that 348 polling stations across the country were affected, including 90 in the financial hub of Lagos in the southwest, and two in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.
But he said that collation of results in the presidential election had already begun in places where no problems with voting were reported and polling stations had closed.
Jega said that INEC had received reports of alleged rigging in some places, including the use of under-age voters, and also a request from the APC to re-run the vote in the southern state of Rivers.
He told a news conference that the reports would be investigated but said that INEC was confident that its objectives of holding a “free, fair, credible and peaceful” election were “on course”.
“We appeal to all Nigerians to remain peaceful as they await the return of these results,” he added, with fears of a repeat of post-poll violence that in 2011 left some 1,000 people dead.