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We’re not satisfied with INEC explanations on IReV failure – Yiaga Africa

Yiaga Africa, a civil society group focused on promoting democracy and good governance in Nigeria, has expressed dissatisfaction with the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC)…

Yiaga Africa, a civil society group focused on promoting democracy and good governance in Nigeria, has expressed dissatisfaction with the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) explanation on the technical glitch that delayed the upload of presidential election results on IReV – the commission’s election results viewing portal.

Samson Itodo, Executive Director of Yiaga Africa, questioned whether the error was accidental or as a result of incompetence or negligence on the part of those managing the system.

Speaking on Channels TV on Tuesday, Itodo highlighted the need for a detailed explanation of how the error occurred.

He emphasized the importance of transparency and accountability, stating that Nigerians deserved a more comprehensive explanation from INEC.

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He said, “I have read the explanation by INEC as stated in the report and there are three questions. Yes they attributed it to https error which provide more information about explaining the whole technical glitch in the statement issued by INEC.

“But the question is if this is a technological error, was it accidental or it was triggered either by the incompetence of those who were managing the system or negligence, I think these are fundamental questions that need to be answered.

“Yes system do fail as we know technology is not a silver bullet, but there must be explanation for it. How did this happen? You have the BIVAS machine, you take an image of the result sheet, it uploads to a database, when it gets to there, ideally depending on the code written by the developer, it is expected that the code would have lifted the results that have come from the field into that database and then to the database for presidential elections so that the public can now view the results.

“The big question is when you say there was an error, was it attributed to a group of individuals managing this erroneously wrote a code that didn’t perform that function or it was just a function of the system error? There has to be a detailed explanation.

“There is more in that space that INEC need to explain to Nigerians, but I don’t think we are satisfied with this explanation.”

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