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Glitches On Anambra Election Day Has Little To Do With Machines-INEC Chair | NEWS RANGERS

Glitches On Anambra Election Day Has Little To Do With Machines-INEC Chair

LAGOS NOVEMBER 25TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Chairman of Independence Electoral Of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  Prof Mahmood Yakubu has revealed that most of the glitches experienced  on Anambra State Governorship election day  have little  to do with the machines but more with the operators of the system.

Yakubu who made the disclosure during an interactive meeting with members Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP)  and other related media at Ikeja, Lagos on wednesday said the extraordinarily difficult circumstances under which the election was held made some of the better trained ad hoc staff withdrew at the 11th hour.

He  recalled that  some critical service providers such as vehicle owners also withdrew their services  thereby severely affecting  their plans for rapid response by their  technicians – the Registration Area Technical (RATECH) staff.

“Our response to the glitches encountered started right from Anambra State. This explains there were no challenges reported during the supplementary election in Ihiala Local Government Area held on Tuesday 9th November 2022,” the INEC boss confirmed.

While affirming that his Commission had learnt a vital lessen from the Anmabra pilot,  Yakubu assured Nigerians that there will be remarkable improvement in the next major election which is the end-of-tenure Area Council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) schedule to hold in three months on 12th February 2022.

The INEC Boss further asserted that  because they are determined to deepen the use of technology and reduce human intervention in the critical stages of the electoral process, the Commission introduced new innovations in technology which has to do submission and processing  of nominations forms and other application.

According to him, “The Commission has been discouraging human intervention in the electoral process. Since the 2019 General Election, the following activities are now conducted either partially or entirely online through dedicated portals:

  1. Voter pre-registration;
  2. Nomination of candidates for election by political parties;
  3. Submission of list of polling and collation agents by political parties;
  4. Accreditation of national and international observers for election; and
  5. Accreditation of media organisations for elections.”

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