BREAKING: INEC Admits Transmitting Election Results To Its Server

By Post-Nigeria: June 17, 2019 21:05

BREAKING: INEC Admits Transmitting Election Results To Its Server

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has on Monday, said that it was the election that was conducted before the 2019 general elections, that was transmitted to its server.
It stressed that the Commission only experimented the technology during some staggered elections, which held in 2018.
The Commission added that the clarification was necessary, because of rising controversies on the transmission of the 2019 Presidential Election results, from States to the INEC server.
Speaking during the Post Election Retreat, organised by the Commission for its staff and ad hoc staff engaged for the last general elections, in Osun State, INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, explained that many factors forced the Commission to drop the idea of electronic transmission of the results to a central server.

Soyebi added that INEC experimented with electronic transmission of results, during the Anambra, Sokoto, and Osun States elections, which held before the 2019 elections, but the Commission did not sustain the use of the technology during the 2019 general elections.
He maintained that the late release of INEC’s budget for the 2019 elections, and controversies over the Electoral Act, among others reasons, forced the Commission to jettison the idea of using the technology to transmit results to the central server.
“We piloted the use of transmission of election results electronically, in Sokoto, in Anambra, even in Osun. What happened was that we were trying to pilot to see the desirability of such technology in our electoral process.

“First, our budget came out very late, there was also issue (with) the Electoral Act. For these and some other reasons, the Commission did not adopt that option. 2019 elections were conducted according to law.
“We used the Constitution of the Federal Republic, we used the Electoral Act and our Guidelines, for 2019 elections. If you look at the three instruments carefully, the issue of server was not highlighted.

“Once in a while, you will see an experiment going on, but we have to pilot it before we will deploy wholesale for election. We did not use it, because of circumstances beyond the control of the Commission”, Soyebi said.

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