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INEC: We Used Electronic Transmission For 2019 Polls Results But…

By Abbas Jimoh
The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) yesterday said it
electronically transmitted results of this
year’s presidential election, but that it was
a pilot scheme not yet backed by law.
INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of
Kogi, Kwara and Nasarawa states, Malam
Mohammed Haruna, who represented
chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu,
disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the
public presentation of the YIAGA Africa
Watching The Vote (WTV) General Elections
Observation Report of the 2019 elections.
Malam Mohammed Haruna said: “The key
word is pilot. We were piloting and you
have to take that into consideration. In fact,
it is not a done deal. We were testing to
see whether eventually we would use
electronic transmission. The clarification
from YIAGA about the law that if the
president had signed it, it would give us the
legal backing to transmit electronically.
“The fact is that the bill that eventually
went to Mr. President never even contained
that, this is the fact. So, as I said, the
important thing is that it was not a law and
we are piloting it at state level, for even this
presidential, it was just a pilot.
“Let us be very cautious about this
electronic silver bullet, each package comes
with its own problem. Adopt it today, it is
going to have its own problems, hacking
and so forth.
“We have to be very careful that once we
adopt IT, all our problems would be solved,”
Haruna, who said he also represented the
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee
(IVEC), Festus Okoye, added.
Speaking earlier while responding to a
question, YIAGA Africa Programs Manager
and WTV Project Director, Ms. Cynthia
Mbamalu, said the organisation designed its
checklist using INEC’s guidelines.
“And one of the things we observed was
that in Osun and Ekiti states INEC piloted
the e-collation (electronics collation) and
transmission of results using the smart card
reader (SMC). And we have seen it recorded
huge success in Ekiti and Osun. And
informed by that knowledge, we had
introduced a question on that to also track
if that will be implemented in the elections,”
she said.
Presenting the report, the chairman,
Watching The Vote (WTV) Working Group of
YIAGA AFRICA, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, said
though INEC introduced reforms to deepen
electoral integrity and citizens’ participation,
the elections were characterized by many of
the same shortcomings that marred
previous national elections in Nigeria.

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