INEC to Atiku: The fake 'server result' you have is not from us *Our results collated manually

By Editor on 14/04/2019

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There was no electronic transfer of results in the February 2019 presidential election and therefore no “server results” available for any party to be parading as the authentic result, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said.

This was the way the commission, dismissed the claim of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar that the results posted on its server immediately after the election, showing country-wide profile of voting, proved that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by 1.6million votes in the election.

This was contrary to INEC’s claim in the result it released on February 27 that Buhari, the incumbent, won the election by 15,191,847 votes to Atiku’s 11,262,978 votes.

Atiku’s claim is contained in his petition before the 2019 presidential election petition tribunal, which has now been pooh-poohed by INEC, through its lead counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN).

In the claim, Atiku, former Vice President, had submitted that from the data in INEC’s server the true, actual and correct results from the state to state computation showed that he polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to Buhari’s 16,741,430 votes.

But in its deposition at the tribunal by Chidi Nwafor, Director, Information and Communications Technology at INEC, said that not only was there no such results as claimed, the commission was not known to share its information with any external body outside its confines, adding that all the results were collated manually and were never transmitted electronically.

He deposed: “That the petitioners are claiming that votes recorded at the various polling units were electronically transmitted, and stored in the 1st respondent’s (INEC’s) server.

“That the petitioners are also claiming that based on the server contents, they and not the 2nd and 3rd respondents won the presidential election.

“That these claims of the petitioners are false as I know as a fact that the 2nd respondent was duly elected by majority of the lawful votes cast at the presidential election and scored at least a quarter of the lawful votes cast at the election in 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, more than two-thirds of all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“That the petitioners did not win the majority of the lawful votes cast and did not satisfy the mandatory constitutional requirement to be declared winner having polled 11,262,978 and one quarter of all lawful votes cast in 29 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as against the 2nd respondent who scored 15,191,847 votes cast and one quarter of the lawful votes cast in 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“That the lawful and recognised computation of results is manually done using Electoral Form EC8 series and not the table pleaded by the petitioners given that the said table is not the result collated and declared by the 1st respondent.

“That I know as a fact that the details contained in the table in the paragraph 22 of the petition are inaccurate.

“That I know that mode of transmitting/collating election results is manual, using Forms EC8As, EC8Bs, EC8Cs and EC8Ds and not electronically done.

“That I know that the Manual Technologies 2019 and demonstration videos referred to in paragraph 27 are internal training materials.”





Posted on April, 14 2019

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