IReV Challenge: Technical hitches, not any intrusion – INEC assures

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By Joy Odor

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained to Nigerians that the challenge with the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV) 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.

Festus Okoye Esq, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee in a press statement on Sunday and made available to newsmen at the International Conference Center (ICC) informed that it is indeed not unusual for glitches to occur and be corrected in such situations.

The INEC National Commissioner assured Nigerians that the challenges are not due to any intrusion or sabotage of the systems, saying the IReV remains well-secured.

Commissioner Okoye assured Nigerians that the results from the Polling Units, copies of which were issued to political parties, are safe on both the BVAS and the IReV portal.

He maintained that 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.

Commissioner Okoye expressed the Commission’s regrets in the setback, especially because of the importance of IReV in the results management electoral process.

“The Commission is aware of challenges with the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV). Unlike in off-season elections where the portal was used, it has been relatively slow and unsteady.

“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.

“Our technical team is working assiduously to solve all the outstanding problems, and users of the IReV would have noticed improvements since last night” he said.

“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.

“We take full responsibility for the problems and regret the distress that they have caused the candidates, political parties and the electorate.

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