We only experimented with server but didn’t use it for 2019 elections — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said the results of the 2019 general elections were not transmitted electronically to its server.
Rather, the Commission said it only experimented the technology during some staggered elections held in 2018.
The position of INEC was made known on Monday by its National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, during the Post Election Retreat organised by the Commission for its staff and ad hoc staff engaged for the last general elections in Osun State.
The Commission said the clarification was necessary because of rising controversies on the transmission of 2019 Presidential Election results from states to the INEC server.
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 issue (with) 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 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 circumstances beyond the control of the Commission.”