The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has refuted claims of tampering with the results of the Kogi State Governorship election on the Results View Portal (IReV).
There have been allegations that the commission tampered with the results on the portal after the Saturday, November 11 election. However in a statement released, INEC’s National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee Mohammed Kudu Haruna said the allegations were unfounded and asked the public to dismiss them.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) attention has been drawn to some media reports alleging that the Commission was tampering with the accredited figures of voters in the Kogi Governorship Election results uploaded on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal. However, these reports are unfounded.”
According to INEC, the most accurate and up-to-date Voters’ Accreditation Data is available in the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which is used for the authentication and accreditation of registered voters at various polling units on election day.
“It automatically retains the accreditation data of all voters,” the Commission added.
BELOW IS INEC’S PRESS RELEASE ON ALLEGED MANIPULATION OF ACCREDITATION DATA ON IReV
‘’The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) attention has been drawn to some media reports alleging that the Commission was tampering with the accredited figures of voters in the Kogi Governorship Election results uploaded on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal. However, these reports are unfounded.
For the avoidance of doubt, the most accurate and up-to-date Voters’ Accreditation Data is available in the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which is used for the authentication and accreditation of registered voters at various polling units on election day. It automatically retains the accreditation data of all voters.
The BVAS is designed to primarily work offline without Internet connectivity, which facilitates faster and seamless authentication and accreditation experience for voters. However, when its application is active or in use, depending on the strength of its connection to the Internet, the BVAS automatically exports the accreditation data to the Accreditation Backend System (ABS).
This exportation of data does not happen when the device’s application is inactive or when the internet connectivity is poor. The same experience applies to a situation where more than one BVAS gadget is used at a polling unit with more than 1,250 registered voters. This could be compared to a situation when poor network services delay the delivery of an SMS sent from one individual to another through a mobile phone.
At the close of poll, Presiding Officers are expected to press the data exportation button on the BVAS to ensure that all the accreditation data are exported to the ABS. This process, referred to as synchronization and which is ongoing, could lead to changes in the accreditation figures as more data flow in to update the existing figures. This is the basis for the caveat provided on the IReV portal, regarding the accreditation figures. The accreditation data cannot be changed on the BVAS after the close of poll.
The public should disregard the misleading report and misinformation.
Mohammed Kudu Haruna
National Commissioner and Member
Information and Voter Education Committee
Tuesday 14th November 2023”Follow us on social media:
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