The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it did not use electronic transmission of results for the 2019 general election due to the late release of the commission’s 2019 budget.
Nigerian Tribune reports that this was clarified by Solomon Soyebi who is the national commissioner of INEC in Osogbo during post-election retreat for INEC staff and ad-hoc on Monday, June 17.
Soyebi said contrary to speculation, the commission did not transmit results of the 2019 presidential elections electronically to its server. He said however that INEC experimented the use of electronic transmission of results with Anambra, Sokoto and Osun elections held before 2019 elections but that the technology was not deployed during the 2019 general elections.
Soyebi said: “We piloted the use of transmission of election results electronically in Sokoto, in Anambra, even in Osun.
What happened was that we were trying to pilot to see the desirability of such technology in our electoral process. “First, our budget came out very late, there was also an issue of the Electoral Act.
For these and some other reasons, the commission did not adopt that option. 2019 elections were conducted according to Law.
“We used the Constitution of the Federal Republic, we used the Electoral Act and our guidelines for 2019 elections. If you look at the three instruments carefully, the issue of the server was not highlighted.
“Once in a while, you will see an experiment going on but we have to pilot it before we will deploy wholesale for election. We did not use it because of the circumstances beyond the control of the Commission.”
Olusegun Agbaje who is the resident electoral commission in his remark called on the political class to stop the use of thugs to disrupt elections. He said the disruption of election by political had compelled INEC to declare such election exercise as inconclusive.