The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, asserted that the issues with its results-viewing portal are not the consequence of sabotage (IReV).
Festus Okoye, National Commissioner for INEC and Chairperson of the Information and Voter Education Committee, made this statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Okoye admitted that the commission was aware of the IReV’s problems.
He claims that, in contrast to off-season elections where the portal was employed, it has been comparatively sluggish and unstable.
“The commission regrets this setback, especially because of the importance of IReV in our results management process. 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. Consequently, the commission wishes to assure Nigerians that the challenges are not due to any intrusion or sabotage of our systems, and that the IReV remains well-secured,” he said.
Users of the IReV would have noticed improvements since last night, according to Okoye, who claimed that the INEC technical team is diligently trying to resolve all the existing issues.
“We also wish to assure Nigerians that results from the Polling Units, copies of which were issued to political parties, are safe on both the BVAS and the IReV portal.
“These results cannot be tampered with and any discrepancy between them and the physical results used in collation will be thoroughly investigated and remediated, in line with Section 65 of the Electoral Act 2022.
“While we fully appreciate the concerns of the public on this situation and welcome various suggestions that we have received from concerned Nigerians, it is important to avoid statements and actions that can heat up the polity at this time or promote disaffection towards the commission.
He stated, “We take full responsibility for the issues and regret the anxiety they have caused the candidates, political parties, and the people.