The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has
stated that there will be no glitches in the upload of results for the Bayelsa,
Imo, and Kogi elections on the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV).
Recall that the upload of results was a major issue in the
2023 elections, which INEC attributed to technical difficulties.
INEC’s Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, made this
known in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday.
His words: “We have been using the IReV for all governorship
elections, but it  was the first time we deployed it for the general
election setting. Well, we had a glitch for some hours, and we fixed it. But I
can assure you that this time around we are not going to have glitches.
“I can affirm that those technical issues have been
resolved. Last week, we undertook the mock accreditation, and one of the
reasons we did that was to test run these technology gadgets we were going to
use, and it was successful,” he said.
Oyekanmi also stated that there could be technology downtime
at any point, but noted that the body has learnt lessons from the conduct of
the 2023 general elections.
“Technology can throw up challenges, but by and large, we
have learned our lessons from the 2023 general elections.”
He also clarified that what INEC does with the IRev portal
is uploading and not transmission of results.
“We are not transmitting; we are uploading,” he said, noting
that there are differences between transmitting and uploading.
“All we are doing is that we are taking a picture of the
polling unit results and uploading same to the portal.”
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