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Hackers Attacked Our Result Portal During Ekiti, Osun Polls, Says INEC

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu on Friday in Abuja revealed that the commission’s Result Viewing Portal (IReV) came under attack from hackers across the world, during the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.

Yakubu, who was delivering a keynote address at a stakeholders’ conference organised by YIAGA Africa, a civil society organisation (CSO), to launch the election result analysis dashboard (ERAD) report agenda, said some of those who tried to hack the cyber security system of the result viewing portal were from as far as Asia.

“Another technical concern for us is the repeated attempts to break through our cyber security system for the portal. I am glad to note that all of them failed.

“However, while we are confident in the security solutions that we have deployed for IReV and all our web presence, we must remain vigilant and continue to strengthen our defences. We have tasked our engineers to do everything possible to fully protect the IReV and all our web resources,” said the INEC Chairman.

Yakubu also stated that INEC was working to address other challenges which are administrative in nature.

“For example, we found that some of the low-quality uploads that occurred in the field, which some of the observers have also noted, were due to the unavailability or substitution of presiding officers that were trained prior to the elections.

“We shall administratively deal with this challenge and ensure that only adequately trained Presiding Officers are deployed for elections.

“Also, more hands-on training may be required to ensure that all those involved throughout the value chain of the IReV are fully ready for what is bound to be a major outing during the 2023 general election,” he said.

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