The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reassured the public that there will be no issues when it comes to uploading the results for the Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi elections on the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV). It’s worth remembering that the uploading of results posed significant problems during the 2023 elections, which INEC attributed to technical challenges.
In an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, INEC’s Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated, “We have been using the IReV for all governorship elections, but 2023 marked its first deployment in a general election context. We encountered a brief glitch during that time, but I can assure you that we have addressed those issues this time around.”
Oyekanmi went on to explain that the technical problems have been resolved, and INEC has conducted successful mock accreditations to test the technology gadgets they intend to use. He acknowledged that while technology can present challenges, INEC has learned valuable lessons from the 2023 general elections.
He clarified that the function of the IReV portal is for uploading, not transmitting, the results. Oyekanmi stated, “We are not transmitting; we are uploading. There is a distinction between the two. What we are doing is capturing the polling unit results in a visual format and then uploading them to the portal.”
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