Why It Was Impossible For INEC to Transmit Results Real-Time. Professor Mammud, the Chairman of The Independent Electoral Commission, made assurances on three separate occasions to the Nigerian public that the results of the 2023 General Elections would be transmitted in real-time.
However, this assertion faced a significant challenge as it is practically impossible to transmit results electronically in real-time when the voting process is conducted manually, with results being manually entered.
The interference of human involvement in the transmission process renders the promise of automatic transmission unfeasible.
An investigative report uncovered that many BEVAS machines could not access internet connections at the polling units, resulting in delays in uploading the election results.
In my opinion, the focus of political parties’ arguments should revolve around the accuracy of the uploaded results rather than the transmission of results real-time.
If the results uploaded from the polling units align with those in the Independent Results Entry and Verification (IREV) system, and the elections were conducted in accordance with guidelines and the law, then such results should be considered valid.
The credibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be questioned only when:
1. The results uploaded from the polling units differ from those in the IREV system.
2. The announcement of results does not match the data in the IREV system.
3. There are unjustified alterations or changes in the result grades to favor a particular political party.