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Deji Adeyanju Questions Credibility of INEC’s E-Collation System
He said this at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja. Prior to the meeting, it was revealed to him by reliable sources that INEC’s e-collation portal was in jeopardy as it had been tampered with.
He warned the commission of ensuring the efficiency of the system, explaining that this could lead to the creation of virtual polling units and the manipulation of results of the election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was warned yesterday that the credibility of its elections in 2019 may be threatened by electronic manipulation. It was further told that the manipulation was being planned by some persons within its ranks.
The alarm was raised by the convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, at a press briefing in Abuja. Reliable sources in INEC revealed that the commission’s e-collation portal has been tampered with, Adeyanju said, warning that this could lead to the creation of virtual polling units.
However agreeing that the e-collation remains the most potent way to end rigging, a faulty system means anyone could enter results from any location at anytime or date because the portal allegedly no longer shows location, time and date of collation.
Adeyanju further disclosed that the e-collation system is threatened by electronic manipulation which was being planned by some persons within its ranks, advising the commission to stream line the access to the portal as various INEC commissioners may be sensational owing to choice political parties.
“We know for a fact that that the correct system at INEC is that the commission shared the e-Collation portal three states per commissioner. This was how … was able to view election results collation in real-time and divulge the same to her accomplices in APC to help ensure that the Osun State governorship election was inconclusive.
“It is noteworthy that INEC has indirectly acknowledged that … has been one of the stumbling blocks in the wheel of progress in the commission, as evident in her redeployment to its department on health and welfare. But she still has unlimited access to the e-collation portal of three states in the country and can cause maximum damage to the nation’s electoral system,” he said.
However Guardian Newspaper reports that Rotimi Oyekanmi, the chief press secretary to INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said that “It is not true that some individuals at INEC are trying to rig the 2019 general elections. On the contrary, the commission has been improving and strengthening its processes and procedures since 2015 with the involvement and active participation of all stakeholders.”
“The allegation that the commission’s e-collation portal has been tampered with betrayed the very poor understanding of the processes involved by the alarmists. Indeed, the declaration of election results at every level involves both the presentation of the hard copies of the result sheets by the returning officers and the electronically transmitted version for comparison and authentication. One cannot go without the other.
“As part of efforts to engender transparency in the electoral process, the commission introduced Form EC60E, also known as the people’s result sheet, during the Anambra governorship election, on which the election result for each polling unit was entered and pasted for everybody to see. The beauty of that innovation was aptly demonstrated when the commission formally announced the overall results of the election, which tallied with the figures collated independently by various observer groups, ” he added.
“Besides, the internal structure of the commission does not give room for any individual to influence election results in favour of either a political party or its candidate(s). Nigerians are therefore enjoined to disregard this baseless allegation, which is not only malicious but also unhelpful at this time. It is obvious that some fifth columnists are determined to divert attention and cause chaos but they will not succeed.”