After INEC failed to deliver on their promise to electronically transmit the results of the 2023 presidential election, many are left wondering why the election was even held. Some have blamed the electoral process because of this and now question its legitimacy.
In an interview with Trust TV, INEC National Commissioner Mallam Mohammed Haruna explained why the commission was unable to live-stream the results as promised. He claims he told the commission he won't go up to defend them after they failed to deliver on their commitment. He claimed that everyone at the commission was anxious on election day because they had hoped that the electronic transmission of results would have begun as soon as voting had begun, but that it had not because of technical difficulties. He continued by saying that they were initially concerned that the server was under attack. He explained that they realized it was their fault after the fact.
Mohammed Haruna, who discussed the preventable mistake, stated that since they began utilizing the BVAS for elections, they have used it to conduct both Local Government and State Government elections, and that they did a mock test on accreditation and transmission when they first began using it. He explained that they should have verified whether or not the BVAS's electronic data transfer capabilities would extend beyond the State level.
The server was under attack, he said, because when they tried to upload on that day, nothing happened.
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