A leaked internal circular of the Independent National Electoral Commission has shown that the electoral body transmitted accreditation data of voters in the 2019 presidential elections from smart cards to its server.
Reno Omokri, former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday posted the leaked memo dated 25 March, 2019, on his twitter handle.
The memo shows that Mrs Oriarian-Anthony, Secretary to the Commission, directed INEC resident electoral commissioners, to provide feedback on challenges encountered during the election including failure to transmit voter accreditation data to the server.
The document stated ”
The commission has observed, with deep concerns, the number of smart card readers that do not have data of accredited voters in the just concluded presidential/NASS elections nationwide.
The total number of SCRs without accreditation data is 4,786 nationwide, which stands at about 4 per cent of the total SCRs deployed for that election. Attached is the chart, showing the PUs not uploaded to the SCR accreditation backend, for each of the states.
The commission’s Secretary further directed the RECs to instruct their respective heads of departments (ICT) to download the list of polling units without accreditation data for their states from a provided web link.
She added, “You are please requested to liaise with your HOD election operations and the electoral officers to provide comments beside each PU, stating why there are no accreditation data. The comments should reflect what happened to the SCR or the results of the PU: covering cases where election did not hold, cancellation of PU result, stolen or destroyed SCRs, etc. This should be submitted in both soft and hard copies, latest by Thursday, 28th May, 2019.
Director of publicity of the commission Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, when contacted, stated that,”Anything to do with server is before the tribunal. I can not comment on it, sorry”
The commission at the ongoing presidential election tribunal has denied any existence of a server, as it will contravene the electoral law.