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We Only Experimented With Server But Not For 2019 Elections – INEC

PublishedBy: in politicsJune 18, 2019 - Last modified on October 19th, 2021 at 9:20 pm


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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said that results of the general elections were not transmitted electronically to its server, stressing that the Commission only experimented the technology during some staggered elections held in 2018.

The Commission said that the clarification was necessary because of rising controversies on the transmission of Presidential Election results from states to the 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 Anambra, and Osun elections held before elections but the Commission did not sustain the use of the technology during the general elections.

He maintained that the late release of INEC’S budget for the 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. elections were conducted according to Law.

“We used the Constitution of the Federal Republic, we used the Electoral Act and our guidelines for 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 nt use it because ofcircumstances beyond the control of the Commission,” Soyebi said.

In his opening remarks, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun, Mr Segun Agbaje, said that the elections were largely successful despite daunting challenges that characterised its conduct.

He, however, lamented the ”do-or-die” attitude of some politicians which involved different illicit practices, including use of thugs to win an election at all cost. He added that the Commission in collaboration with security agents in the state drastically reduced the phenomenon during the general elections.

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