The Independent National Electoral Body (INEC) has addressed the issues with the sluggish posting of voting unit results from Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly election results on its result viewing portal (IRev).
The Electoral Process
In most of the 176,000 polling units where the election was held nationwide, Nigerians flocked to the polls on Saturday, and voting didn’t end until late at night. Despite the fact that many Nigerians urged INEC authorities to post the results as quickly as possible on IReV, it has been found that the majority of the polls were not published until approximately 24 hours had passed. In order to speed up the uploading of polling unit results from Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, INEC, has fixed some of the issues that were causing the process to take so long.
Due to INEC’s promise to upload the results on the portal as soon as coallation is complete, complaints regarding the results upload process have been raging on social media. Several rumors have suggested that it might be a way to meddle with the election outcomes.
INEC explaining why the IREV election results have been delayed said in a statement that the organization was aware of the problems and blamed them on technical difficulties. The commission allayed concerns that the portal had been compromised by stating that the IREV was still secure.
It claimed that the issue, which had began to get better since Saturday night, was not brought on by any hacking activity. It ascribed the issue to commonplace flaws that affect technology systems on a regular basis.
Nigerians were reassured by INEC that the results were secure on the results sheets and the IReV website. In addition, the technical team is attempting a total fix for the problem.
“The problem is totally due to technical hitches related to scaling up the IReV from a platform for managing off-season State elections, to one for managing nationwide general elections. It is indeed not unusual for glitches to occur and be corrected in such situations.” INEC said.
As a result, the Commission wants to reassure Nigerians that the issues are unrelated to any hacking or system sabotage and that the IReV is still properly secured.
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