Nigeria Politics

Presiding Officers: We Transmitted Results To INEC Server Using Smart Card Reader And Code Provided

By Suleiman Adamu

A number of Presiding Officers (PO) and Assistant Presiding Officers (APO) have made statements on oath supporting the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential flag bearer in the February 23 general elections, that results were transmitted electronically from the various polling units to the cloud backed server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to the Presiding Officers and their Assistants, the training they received from INEC covered the duties of all INEC’s ad-hoc staff at the polling units and the procedure for the conduct of election which includes accreditation, verification, authentication, collation and transmission of results as well as the use of Smart Card Reader (SCR) amongst others.

The INEC ad-hoc staff confirmed that at the INEC training, they were specifically instructed that they must use the Smart Card Reader for accreditation, verification, authentication, collation and transmission of results and that any election conducted without the use of the Smart Card Reader would be invalid.

Below is a sample of one of the witness statement on oath.

WITNESS STATEMENT ON OATH OF AB PRESIDING OFFICER (PO) FOR POLLING UNIT BINKALION CODE 003, MAISANDARI-DAMATURU WARD OF YOBE STATE

I, AB, Adult, Nigerian citizen of Yobe State, Nigeria do hereby make oath and state as follows:

1. I hold a National Diploma Certificate in Engineering from Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri

2. I was recruited and trained for three days as an ad hoc staff by the 1st Respondent at Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, Yobe State to serve as a Presiding Officer (PO) at Binkalion Polling Unit with Code 003, of Maisandari-Damaturu Ward, Yohe State on the 23rd February, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) elections.

3. The training by the 1st Respondent covered the duties of all 1st Respondent’s ad-hoc staff at the polling units and the procedure for the conduct of election which includes accreditation, verification, authentication, collation and transmission of results as well as the use of Smart Card Reader (SCR) amongst others.

4. At the 1st Respondent training, we were specifically instructed that we must use the Smart Card Reader for accreditation, verification, authentication, collation and transmission of results and that any election conducted without the use of the Smart Card Reader would be invalid.

5. I participated in the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) elections of 23rd February, 2019 where I served as the Presiding Officer (PO) and I used the Smart Card Reader for accreditation, verification, authentication, collation and transmission of votes in my Polling Unit.

6. Accreditation and voting for both the Presidential and National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) election took place simultaneously on the 23rd February, 2019.

7. At the close of voting, the information on the Smart Card Reader, the results inclusive were collated by me in the presence of the Party Agents and other ad-hoc staff of the 1″ Respondent after which my Assistant Presiding Officer (APO-1) transmitted the result electronically in my presence to the 1″ Respondent’s server using the Smart Card Reader (SCR) and the code provided by the 1st Respondent. 8. I was duly paid for my services by the 1st Respondent as an ad hoc staff at
the elections.

8. That I make this statement on Oath in good faith, solemnly and conscientiously
believing same to be true and in accordance with the Oaths Act.

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