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Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by Islie: 5:23am On May 15
Chineme Okafor in Oxford, UK

Countries in Africa that have adopted Information Technology (IT) in their electoral processes now have to deal with a new challenge, systems hacking, which now threatens the practice of democracy in the continent, a former President of Ghana, Mr. John Mahama, has said.

Mahama’s disclosure came at a time Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election is blemished with claims of alleged hacking of the electoral commission’s IT system by both leading parties in the election – the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mahama, who was the President of Ghana from 2012 to 2017, and now the presidential candidate of Ghana’s National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 presidential election, said at the Saïd Business School in the University of Oxford that hacking of IT-based electoral systems in Africa is real.

The former president delivered a lecture and equally answered questions on democracy and elections in Africa at the weekend.

The session was organised by the African Studies Centre (ASC) and Oxford Africa Business Alliance.

The Director of ASC, Prof. Wale Adebanwi, moderated the session.

Mahama said that stakeholders and political players in the continent recently met at the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Ogun State where the realities of electoral hacking was revealed to them with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) subsequently opting to take up the challenge.

According to him, ethnic bigotry and rising insecurity were threats to democracy in the continent but, “other areas of challenges in electoral systems exist and we need to look at that.”

“The increased use of IT in elections has become topical. The use of IT in results cancellations and the possibilities of hacking have created new fears about the manipulation of results. Examples of this can be found in the recent elections in Ghana, Kenya and Sierra Leone,” Mahama, explained.

He noted: “During the last presidential election in Ghana, the electoral commission directed its staff to stop using the electronic transmission system to communicate results to the tallying centre because the system had been compromised.

“The results had to therefore be tallied manually, leading to attendant tensions and delay of announcements of the final results. I am not aware the electoral commission had carried out any investigation into what compromised their electoral system, and even if they have, we the stakeholders have not been briefed.

“We huddled recently in Abeokuta at the Obasanjo Presidential Library with political leaders, electoral officers, IT experts and of course, hackers, to discuss the use of IT systems in elections and how to avoid electoral disputes arising out of their use. Happily, I am pleased to announce that ECOWAS has taken up the challenge from then and accepted to organise an in-depth discussion with all stakeholders in West Africa on the use of IT in elections.

“They showed how IT systems could be compromised. But it is real. They are able to hack into a system and bring it down and bring out whatever they wanted. It was eye opening and President Obasanjo spoke to the ECOWAS.”

He said further: “Activities of specialised organisations offering election manipulation services have become commonplace in Africa too. As new media overtakes the traditional mainstream media as the main source of choice for information that influences voters’ decisions, the role of such organisations is going to become even more crucial.”

Emphasising that democracy must go hand-in-hand with empowering local communities and people, Mahama stated that the spread of terrorism may undermine Africa’s democracy. “Democracy cannot thrive in insecurity,” he added.

On how much of impact democratic governance has had on African countries, Mahama, noted that there was still a lot of ground to be covered on this because according to him, democracy in the continent was still fragile, with many vulnerable groups losing out, while citizens increasingly question the need to participate in elections if their lives are not impacted.


https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/05/14/elections-hacking-now-real-in-africa-says-mahama/

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by Dannyset(m): 5:29am On May 15
He noted: “During the last presidential election in Ghana, the electoral commission directed its staff to stop using the electronic transmission system to communicate results to the tallying centre because the system had been compromised.

“The results had to therefore be tallied manually, leading to attendant tensions and delay of announcements of the final results.

This is what the INEC discovered days to the election that made it to officially put a stop to the e collation.
Realising the Hacker in Chief is at a corner to scuttle the election and lie to high heavens just so he could come to power through the back door.

That man should go to jail.

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by Redoil: 5:47am On May 15
Buhari and apc invented election hacking in nigeria

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by rusher14: 6:13am On May 15
Redoil:
Buhari and apc invented election hacking in nigeria

Atiku must have hacked your think tank.

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by Esseite: 6:16am On May 15
Dannyset:
He noted: “During the last presidential election in Ghana, the electoral commission directed its staff to stop using the electronic transmission system to communicate results to the tallying centre because the system had been compromised.

“The results had to therefore be tallied manually, leading to attendant tensions and delay of announcements of the final results.

This is what the INEC discovered days to the election that made it to officially put a stop to the e collation.
Realising the Hacker in Chief is at a corner to scuttle the election and lie to high heavens just so he could come to power through the back door.


That man should go to jail.

Inec discovered what?.... must you put up lies to buttress a point.

You have the manual and the E - collation, Both need to reconcile to get a definite result. A forensic audit of the ballot papers should ascertain if the e - collation was tampered with or not and vice versa, which is exactly why the opposition is pushing for a recount in Kaduna.

Mahama, who was the President of Ghana from 2012 to 2017, and now the presidential candidate of Ghana’s National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 presidential election,

He obviously knows an E - collation as practised in developed Nations would not favour him, why is he going for presidency again when he just finished a 6years reign in 2017..

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by VivaLaFrans: 12:10pm On May 15
Eyaaa... This man just discovered... Just like the way pencil trouser made flamengo obsolete, nowadays you don't fold your arms and wait for the mass to vote you in when you have the money to single handedly vote in yourself... that is the era we are in now... that is the corruption we are suffering now as citizens...

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by Ekakamba: 12:10pm On May 15
He is backing someone's legitimacy. grin tongue
Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by looseweight: 12:11pm On May 15
Nigeria is a good case study
Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by superstar1(m): 12:11pm On May 15
We witnessed one in Nigeria by Alhaji Segasse Al Cameroonie.

Unfortunately for him, he was duped by Yahoo Boys that gave him fake result from the INEC server.

His loyalists, including wailers and Osus, have since been in "Sifia Pain".

grin grin angry grin cheesy

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by joshyes: 12:14pm On May 15
courtesy of buhari and APCshit

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by festacman(m): 12:16pm On May 15
On a lighter note, It is interesting to note that Obasanjo gathered some 'aburos' in his library to tell them what Atiku told him in confidence about accessing INEC server. Atiku will never learn.

Now seriously speaking, something is wrong with African leaders. You mean electronic voting and collation that work in United States and Europe, with all their sophisticated hackers, can't work in Africa. Given the likelihood of US working covertly to install a candidate of their choice, what stops us from adopting the technology Germany use.

Are we cursed? Are we the curse or the cause of the curse?
Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by Afamed: 12:17pm On May 15
Atiku was too desperate to export this to Nigeria few months. Glory to God, he was bursted before he could do further harms

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by Chukwurah003: 12:27pm On May 15
May God save us from PDP. They want to completely ruin Nigeria

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by iammo(m): 12:28pm On May 15
cool

Buhari was smart enough not to sign the electoral reform mandating electronic transmission of result

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by ngadaAwo: 12:39pm On May 15
superstar1:
We witnessed one in Nigeria by Alhaji Segasse Al Cameroonie.

Unfortunately for him, he was duped by Yahoo Boys that gave him fake result from the INEC server.

His loyalists, including wailers and Osus, have since been in "Sifia Pain".

grin grin angry grin cheesy
I'm watching you
trolls must be killed on nairaland

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by bewla(m): 12:40pm On May 15
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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by alen4smith(m): 12:43pm On May 15
Redoil:
Buhari and apc invented election hacking in nigeria
PDP succeeded in looting your brain!7

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by rusher14: 12:51pm On May 15
festacman:
On a lighter note, It is interesting to note that Obasanjo gathered some 'aburos' in his library to tell them what Atiku told him in confidence about accessing INEC server. Atiku will never learn.

Now seriously speaking, something is wrong with African leaders. You mean electronic voting that work in United States and Europe, with all their sophisticated hackers, can't work in Africa. Given the likelihood of US and England working covertly to install a candidate of their choice, what stops us from adopting the technology Germany use.

Are we cursed? Are we the curse or the cause of the curse?


No electronic voting in UK despite full internet penetration.

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by festacman(m): 12:54pm On May 15
rusher14:

No electronic voting in UK despite full internet penetration.
Do you know what is their reason for not adopting?
Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by michoim(m): 1:05pm On May 15
That is what Atiku/PDP did; hacking into INEC server and claiming fake results from "the server"... to which INEC said they didnt even store result in the server in the first place...

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by rusher14: 1:11pm On May 15
festacman:

Do you know what is their reason for not adopting?

I'm hoping you can shed some insight.
Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by Casptainspecial: 1:17pm On May 15
Hacking is real

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Re: Elections Hacking Now Real In Africa, Says Mahama by Swanzi(m): 2:10pm On May 15
John mahama is the greatest hypocrite I can recall is resent memory..
The presidency was handed to you on a plater of gold after the unfortunate demise of ur boss
John atta mills in 2012.

You controversially won a disputed election in 2012 using the same electronic transmission by STL technologies and when u loose disgracefully as an incumbent by a whooping
1millon difference you go crying to the international community of hacking,what a looser you are ..

The Ghanaian people rejected u for ur arrogance, sycophancy and corrupt nature
and if u were smart u would have retired but still want to return n loot like atiku(atiku is better in this case). grin

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