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INEC Clarifies Position on Use of IReV For Future Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clarified that its results viewing portal, IReV, is designed to enhance election transparency and is not intended for result collation or transmission. This clarification was provided by INEC’s Director of ICT, Paul Omokore, during a presentation titled “The role of BVAS, IReV for Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo Governorship elections” at a two-day capacity workshop for journalists held in Akwanga, Nasarawa State on Monday.

Omokore emphasized that the IReV portal is solely meant for viewing election results and should not be confused with the electronic transmission of results. He explained that INEC’s Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) is used to upload pictures of Polling Unit (PU) results on Form EC8A to IReV, but this process does not involve electronic result transmission.

He further clarified that the purpose of BVAS is to capture images of Form EC8A, which contains the results from the polling units, and upload these images to the IReV portal for public viewing. It is not a collation system; it does not calculate or tally results. It merely presents the same data collected at the polling units to the public for transparency.

Omokore highlighted that historically, election results in Nigeria were manually transmitted from PUs to collation centers. The introduction of technology aims to improve the transparency and credibility of elections, even though challenges may exist. He emphasized that BVAS ensures one-person-one-vote, and the IReV portal enhances the openness of the electoral process.

Ezenwa Nwagwu, Chairman of Partners for Electoral Reform, stressed the importance of accurate and unbiased reporting in election coverage. He noted that accurate and transparent reporting is essential to combat the spread of fake news, which is a responsibility of the media. Nwagwu urged journalists to investigate the motives behind news presented by biased individuals involved in the electoral process and balance it with legal provisions.

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