We will never return to the dark days of the electoral process – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday that the Nigerian electoral process would not return to what it described as dark days.

According to INEC, there is no community in the country where elections cannot be conducted electronically and results transmitted electronically, adding that Nigeria cannot go back to “Egypt” in matters conduct of elections.

Speaking at a Stakeholder Conference on Election Results Management organized by YIAGA Africa, a Civil Society Organization (CSO) to launch the Election Results Analysis Dashboard (ERAD) report , INEC President Mahmood Yakubu said; “We will never go back to Egypt, we will not go back when the winners are announced while people are still voting,”

Yakubu said the commission was confident that applying technology to both accreditation and results management would improve transparency and trust in the electoral process.

He said the breakthrough came with the new electoral law of 2022, which empowered the commission to adopt electronic means for accreditation and results management, which made INEC a legal obligation to transmit the results electronically.

According to him, the most critical technological tools introduced by the commission in recent times are the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and the INEC Results Visualization Portal (IReV), adding that while the former is a device, the second is a web portal.

“Indeed, using law, administrative measures and technology, the commission has drastically tackled major issues in the management of Nigerian election results. Among the top 10 of these problems are falsification of scores at polling stations, falsification of the number of accredited voters, collection of false results, mutilation of results and calculation errors.

“Others swap results sheets, tamper with results sheets, rip and destroy results sheets, involuntarily obtain declaration and return, declare and return while result collection is still in progress and poor record keeping registers.

“It is clear that armed with improved election law, administrative procedures and required technology, the Commission has increased transparency and public confidence in its election results management processes.

Yakubu said that from the central Nasarawa State constituency by-election, the IReV had been deployed in 105 elections, involving 16,694,461 registered voters for five governorates, six senatorial districts, seven constituencies federal, 18 state constituencies, six FCT presidencies and 62 FCT board elections. .

He said a total of 32,985 results were successfully downloaded, giving a download success rate of 99.13%.

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