INEC uploaded voter accreditation to server – Document reveals

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Reno Omokri, an operative of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has published an internal circular of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indicated that the commission transmitted voter information from smart card readers to a central server during the 2019 presidential elections.

The circular contained a directive from national secretary of INEC, Rose Oriaran-Anthony, to other senior officials of the commission on challenges recorded in transmitting voter accreditation data to a server.

In the letter letter to all resident electoral commissioners (RECs) across the country dated March 25th, Oriaran-Anthony said “the commissioner has observed, with deep concerns, the number of smart card readers (SCRs) that do not have data of accredited voters in the just concluded presidential/NASS elections nationwide,”

 

The top electoral officer also noted in the memo that 4,786 smart card readers did not have data on accredited voters following the presidential election on February 23, representing about four per cent of the total SCRs deployed for that exercise.

“Attached is the chart, showing the PUs (polling units) not uploaded to the SCR accreditation backend, for each of the states,” Ms Oriaran-Anthony added in the memo.

Oriaran-Anthony then directed all concerned RECs to liaise with their technical and electoral operations officials to clarify why the card readers failed to upload accreditation data on election day. They were given until March 28 to submit their replies.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar claims that INEC had transmitted the election results electronically, and that Abubakar was the rightful winner of the 2019 presidential election.

INEC has however held its ground that the server was tested in some states but was not used for the February 23 election.




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