The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that it did not electronically transmit the 2019 general election results to its server.
This was made known by INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, during a Post Election Retreat organised by the Commission for its staff and ad hoc staff engaged for the last general elections in Osun State.
Speaking, Soyebi stated that the Commission only experimented the technology during some staggered elections held in 2018.
The INEC commissioner explained that many factors forced the Commission to drop the idea of electronic transmission of the results to a 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,” Soyebi said.
“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.”