Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, has disclosed that the commission detected a number of server assaults during the governorship elections in the states of Ekiti and Osun.
The head of INEC announced this at Yiaga Africa’s unveiling of the Result Analysis Dashboard (ERAD) on Friday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
The INEC would continue to keep one step ahead of those who want to undermine its work, Yakubu said, adding that the commission is steadfast in its commitment to delivering credible elections in 2023.
He said, “We recorded several server attacks during elections in Ekiti Osun states. Some are as far as from Asia, but we will be a step ahead of them. INEC has drastically tackled major result management problems in Nigeria.”
He praised Yiaga Africa for the action and promised that INEC would help the group manage election results transparently in 2023.
He added, “This is the first of its kind in Nigeria and Yiaga Africa and Channels Television have once more confirmed that they are leading organizations in the spheres of election and public information. The coming together of the two in this novel project demonstrates their innovativeness, ingenuity and commitment to the public interest and social responsibility.
“Your creativity has taken what was an averagely visited web portal established by the Commission into the living rooms of millions of Nigerians in a matter of weeks. The visibility that ERAD has given to the INEC Result Viewing.
(IReV) portal has been momentous, and it is deeply appreciated by the Commission. I hope that you will sustain the dashboard and the Commission remains ready to work with you to improve on it.
“Over the years, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has realized that efficient and transparent result management is at the heart of public trust, peaceful elections and the growth and consolidation of our democracy. The Commission has been resolute about this and invested enormous time, thinking and resources to improving the results management system.
“Working with other agencies and organizations, the Commission has striven to use legal enactments to improve the handling of results, invested in technology and introduced several transparency enhancement procedures.”