INEC DEPLOYS CLASSIFIED TECHNOLOGY AGAINST ATTACKS IN ANAMBRA

INEC TO USE TECHNOLOGY AGAINST ATTACKS IN ANAMBRA POLLS

■ Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) on Friday, revealed the introduction of classified technology by the commission to enable it checkmate any security threats on its personnel and facilities during the November 6 Anambra governorship elections.

He made it known to the press during an event organised by the commission in collaboration with the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) held in Kefi, Nasarawa State.

A report stated INEC has recorded over 20 deliberate attacks on its facilities across the country within the last two years.

Prof. Yakubu also said the covert technology would be integrated into the Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) to avert or mitigate potential risks or threats to the election. He explained that periodically the use of technology would assist INEC in resolving its anticipated challenges before the 2023 general elections.

The INEC boss reserved his comment on the recent passed Electoral Act Amendment Bill, he stated that the commission could not effectively comment on its provision until the lawmakers concludes the legislative process on the bill. He further stated that the current electoral law was adequate enough for the commission to continue with the implementation of certain technologies.

Moreover, the ECES Project Coordinator , Hamza Fassi-Fihri, through his representative assured the public that the EMSC had come to stay as an “indispensable and integral part of Nigerians electoral system.” He also said the platform was also a process to be exported by election management bodies in the African region and beyond.

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