Why we abandoned our server – INEC

Why we abandoned our server – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday explained why it jettisoned the idea of using its technology to transmit results electronically to its Central server during the 2019 general elections. It blamed it on late release of INEC’S budget for the 2019 elections and controversies over the Electoral Act, among others reasons. The INEC National


The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday explained why it jettisoned the idea of using its technology to transmit results electronically to its Central server during the 2019 general elections.

It blamed it on late release of INEC’S budget for the 2019 elections and controversies over the Electoral Act, among others reasons.

The INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, said this at the Post Election retreat organised by the Commission for its staff and ad hoc staff engaged for the last general elections in Osun State.

He hinted that its server was used to experiment in some States where staggered elections held in 2018, adding that technology was was not deployed to transmit results of the 2019 general elections.

The clarification was necessary according to him to clear the controversies on the transmission of 2019 Presidential Election results from states to the INEC server.

Soyebi explained that many factors forced the Commission to drop the idea of electronic transmission of the results to a central server.

He emphasized that INEC experimented with electronic transmission of results during Anambra, Sokoto and Osun elections held before 2019 elections but the Commission did not sustain the use of the technology during the 2019 general elections.

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“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.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun, Mr Segun Agbaje, despite the deaspiration of maverick politicians, 2019 general elections were largely successful.

But, he lamented that the actors who were aided by undemocratic forces deployed different illicit practices, including use of thugs to win an election at all cost.

He assured that the Commission in collaboration with security agents in the state drastically reduced the phenomenon during the general elections.

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He bemoaned the daunting challenges that characterised its rescheduled elections in some parts of Nigeria.

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