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The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) yesterday stated it electronically transmitted outcomes of this 12 months’s presidential election, however that it was a pilot scheme not but backed by regulation.

INEC’s Nationwide Commissioner answerable for Kogi, Kwara and Nasarawa states, Malam Mohammed Haruna, who represented chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja on the public presentation of the YIAGA Africa Watching The Vote (WTV) Basic Elections Commentary Report of the 2019 elections.

Malam Mohammed Haruna stated: “The important thing phrase is pilot. We had been piloting and it’s important to take that into consideration. In truth, it’s not a executed deal. We had been testing to see whether or not ultimately we might use digital transmission. The clarification from YIAGA concerning the regulation that if the president had signed it, it might give us the authorized backing to transmit electronically.

“The actual fact is that the invoice that ultimately went to Mr. President by no means even contained that, that is the very fact. So, as I stated, the essential factor is that it was not a regulation and we’re piloting it at state degree, for even this presidential, it was only a pilot.

“Allow us to be very cautious about this digital silver bullet, every bundle comes with its personal drawback. Undertake it at present, it’s going to have its personal issues, hacking and so forth.

“We’ve got to be very cautious that after we undertake IT, all our issues could be solved,” Haruna, who stated he additionally represented the INEC Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman, Info and Voter Schooling Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, added.

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Talking earlier whereas responding to a query, YIAGA Africa Packages Supervisor and WTV Challenge Director, Ms. Cynthia Mbamalu, stated the organisation designed its guidelines utilizing INEC’s tips.

“And one of many issues we noticed was that in Osun and Ekiti states INEC piloted the e-collation (electronics collation) and transmission of outcomes utilizing the good card reader (SMC). And we now have seen it recorded big success in Ekiti and Osun. And knowledgeable by that data, we had launched a query on that to additionally monitor if that can be applied within the elections,” she stated.

Presenting the report, the chairman, Watching The Vote (WTV) Working Group of YIAGA AFRICA, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, stated although INEC launched reforms to deepen electoral integrity and residents’ participation, the elections had been characterised by most of the identical shortcomings that marred earlier nationwide elections in Nigeria.

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