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It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by Racoon(m): 9:04am On Jun 18
Former Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has denied making a statement on the existence of a server during his time as head of the commission.Mr Jega, in a circulated comment, was quoted as saying the INEC server existed and is ‘functional’, even in his own time.

The statement drew comments from Nigerians who questioned the current chairman of INEC for the commission’s claim it had no server for the 2019 general elections.

Mr Jega in 2010 replaced Maurice Iwu as substantive chairman of the commission and served until 2015.
He was succeeded by current chairman, Mahmood Yakubu after Amina Zakari served a short stint as Acting Chairman.

Unending controversy
Discussions about INEC server gained more attention in the past week after the commission told the ongoing Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal that it had no server where the results of the February 23 presidential election were uploaded.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election.

The petitioners claimed the results they obtained from the INEC server indicated that Mr Abubakar won the poll with over six million votes margin.

The revelation drew anger from Nigerians who lashed the electoral body for denying its promise to provide a server for transmission of results of the presidential election.

In the wake of these criticisms, PREMIUM TIMES published a 2017 comment by INEC’s Director of Information and Communication Technology, Chidi Nwafor, countering the current position of the commission.

“INEC has therefore decided to securely transmit results from all polling units to central database such that only viewing access is allowed at the wards and local government levels – which ultimately eliminates manual collation processes,” Mr Nwafor, said then.

Similarly, the ICIR also published a report on INEC’s budget for the 2019 election in which the commission earmarked N2.27 billion for procurement of server-related items.


Jega’s comment
While the back and forth was ongoing, some Nigerians on social media reproduced a comment allegedly credited to Mr Jega.

The professor of politics was quoted as saying that election results were transmitted electronically ‘during his time.’Mr Jega served as INEC chairman for both 2011 and 2015 general elections.

“INEC server exist and it is functional. Let’s call a spade a spade.I was once INEC chairman and results were transmitted electronically during my time,” he was quoted as saying in one of the viral tweets.

The comments, with no source, was tweeted on the handle of Olushola Olufolabi @olushola_shola.
In an exclusive text message to PREMIUM TIMES through an associate, Mr Jega denied making such ‘reckless’ statement.

He noted that the commission under his watch did not, at any time, transmit results electronically.“This is another lie mischievously attributed to me. I never said this. Besides, INEC during my time did not do electronic transmission of results. Under our current electoral laws, it is illegal to do so.

“I am at a loss as to why some reckless people go the extra mile to attribute things to me, which I have never said.I have never said this.It is a repugnant lie,” Mr Jega said in the message sent on Sunday.

What next for INEC?
However, despite Mr Jega’s denial, controversies about INEC server will continue to linger for a while.In what could be regarded as the closest clarification offered, INEC on Monday said it only ‘experimented’ with the use of server during some staggered elections held in 2018.

INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, said this while speaking during the Post Election Retreat organised by the Commission for the staff engaged for the last general elections in Osun State.

“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 (such) wholesale for election. We did not use it because of circumstances beyond the control of the Commission,” Mr Soyebi was quoted as saying by Punch newspaper.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/335566-exclusive-jega-speaks-on-inec-server-controversy.html

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by Cryomancer: 9:26am On Jun 18
Yes it is a very illegal stuff to do... but it is not illegal to include the money for the server in the election budget...
- It is not illegal for INEC officials to collect bribe
- It is also not illegal to steal ballot boxes by police during election
- It is also not illegal for INEC staffs to be seen with election materials in their private residence before the election dates
- It is also not illegal to steal the peoples mandate
- It is also not illegal for INEC chairman to receive directives from APC either to publish results or not.
- It is also not illegal for INEC officials to thumbprint ballot papers by themselves.


Developed countries transmit results electronically just for ease of voting and fairness... But here in Nigeria, it is an illegal thing to do.

Our Leaders Have Gone Mad Again.

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by Racoon(m): 9:26am On Jun 18
The revelation drew anger from Nigerians who lashed the electoral body for denying its promise to provide a server for transmission of results of the presidential election.

-1).In the wake of these criticisms, PREMIUM TIMES published a 2017 comment by INEC’s Director of Information and Communication Technology, Chidi Nwafor, countering the current position of the commission.

“INEC has therefore decided to securely transmit results from all polling units to central database such that only viewing access is allowed at the wards and local government levels – which ultimately eliminates manual collation processes,” Mr Nwafor, said then.

-2).Similarly, the ICIR also published a report on INEC’s budget for the 2019 election in which the commission earmarked N2.27 billion for procurement of server-related items.
shocked grin grin cheesy Even Jega So the 2015 election Jega conducted was also fraudulent.How can people be this stupid? So why was monies allocated for servers?

Guess Nigerians can now appreciate why the Buhari presidency flatly refused to enhance our electoral process by signing the 2019 amended electoral law in a democratic process that is constant evolving?

INEC is just desperate to defend the illegality and fraudulent conduct of the 2019 presidential election.Meanwhile, why is the EFCC yet to get Prof.Mamud Yakubu arrested for collecting govt monies under false pretense?

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by holyidol(m): 9:26am On Jun 18
No matter what is on ground, the truth is that Atiku and PDP won 2019 presidential election and there mandate must be restored.

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by dynicks(m): 9:26am On Jun 18
shocked
Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by Livefreeordieha(m): 9:27am On Jun 18
Lol.. Smh
Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by Duplik8t77(m): 9:27am On Jun 18
Where did you crawl out from?

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by chinavs9ja(m): 9:27am On Jun 18
Yes


I will develop your website today...check my signature
Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by jchioma: 9:27am On Jun 18
Jega Jaga jaga.

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by positivelord: 9:27am On Jun 18
We are getting closer....first,we do not have a sever...then we have a server,but for experiment and now its illegal to transmit election result electronically to the "SERVER"...Atiku is definitely coming..

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by Jobac: 9:27am On Jun 18
Prof Jega has spoken in support of INEC. This man knows more than all the miscreants shouting server server server all over the place and be disturbing our peace. Let me sip my coffee and laugh over their follies

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by BruncleZuma: 9:28am On Jun 18
grin grin grin grin
Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by celeiyke: 9:28am On Jun 18
But does a server exist?

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by Ijaya123: 9:29am On Jun 18
End of Discussion.

Atiku and his disillusioned supporters, how market?

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by akikanju(m): 9:29am On Jun 18
Na wa oh
Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by etrouble: 9:29am On Jun 18
The Cameroonian bisexual called Atikuchukwu and his Flattino followers have suffered.

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by jaxxy(m): 9:30am On Jun 18
So what is the server for and what are it's core functions during the election or are we illiterates?

The fact still remains yakubu has no integrity and if he had any before the elections he has lost it completely.

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by correctguy0900: 9:30am On Jun 18
Na by force to be a president self. All the stolen money since the days as customs boss never do.

Only an imbe will believe that Atiku will be a messiah. Buhari is not a choice either. But it's foolish to choose Atiku instead.

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by macello4(m): 9:30am On Jun 18
nonsense
Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by TRIGITIS: 9:31am On Jun 18
etrouble:
The Cameroonian bisexual called Atikuchukwu and his Flattino follows have suffered.
You mean the muddy pigs from yisreal?

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by KOLLYPROF(m): 9:31am On Jun 18
Professional had spoken

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by alawi5k: 9:31am On Jun 18
Inec Server was used during Ekiti gubernatorial election. Someone posted it here(Ekiti Decide Thread) from situation room even before inec announced the winner. Inec should tell us the truth for posterity sake. We need strong institutions not strong men.

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by davodyguy: 9:31am On Jun 18
They will never listen.
For those of you shouting server this, server that.
Ask yourself

1. Why did 37 professors that served as returning officers travelled to Abuja to read out results of all political parties as long as the list was?

2. We're the results read on national TV signed by all party agents at ward levels and polling centres where elections were held?

3. Did people vote manually using their fingers on a paper and the papers were manually dropped in a ballot box?

4. Apart from using the machine for accreditation, did any Nigerian vote using machine or they used a hard copy paper?

5. Let's assume there's a server that records the accreditation and PVC that were used before voting, did any of the PVC show the political parties that the holder of the PVC voted for?

6. There was a server and the server showed number of PVC that were screened. Did the server also show who was voted for by the owner of the PVC?

I think people should learn how to reason with common sense.

If I'm a judge, I'll dismiss Atiku and PDP's case for waste of time

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by lastempero: 9:31am On Jun 18
But it is true,in as much as I support Atiku for presidency but the issue of bringing up inec server and all that into this election matter cannot hold a tablespoon of water.

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by sharatech: 9:32am On Jun 18
Na wa for dis country ooo

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by RemiOAjayi: 9:32am On Jun 18
Racoon:


https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/335566-exclusive-jega-speaks-on-inec-server-controversy.html
ko


People should Sha pay attention to Atiku before we hear that snipper has done it again.

Konkobility, Oshi radarada, server ko, service ni

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by gurunlocker: 9:32am On Jun 18
This scam of a man is back again....

But result was transmitted during election in sokoto, Edo and Osun as said by INEC?

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by berbs: 9:32am On Jun 18
How is it illegal please Mttsshheeww angry

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Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by TetralixTech: 9:32am On Jun 18
Okay
Re: It Is Illegal To Transmit Election Results Electronically - Attahiru Jega by valentineuwakwe(m): 9:32am On Jun 18
This server controversy will never end but to sum it all, I keep asking myself. .INEC has a functional website, even used to recruit polling staff for the 2019 election....so can one have a website without a server?

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