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INEC Received N1.47bn For Servers For 2019 Presidential Elections




The server mess which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been drawn into is getting worse by the day.

According to a report by Premium Times, INEC received N1.47bn for servers for 2019 Presidential elections.

However, the commission continues to maintain that it doesn’t have a server and never transmitted results of the election electronically.

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of PDP, had said that he won the February 23 presidential election based on the results he got from INEC’s servers.

The report by Premium Times indicates that the INEC received N1.47 billion to replace and maintain computer servers for use during the 2019 general elections. The online medium reported that it was not clear how the servers, which store computer data, were used during the polls, adding that the finding raises fresh concerns over the commission’s recent claim it had no server for the elections.

INEC is being trailed by a controversy, as it tries to refute claims that it operated a central computer database that received election results.

Recall that the electoral commission declared Buhari winner of the February 16 election but Abubakar, his main challenger, rejected the decision, saying his victory was suppressed by INEC.

The INEC has disputed Abubakar’s claims, and has denied transmitting election results electronically or saving them on a server. The online medium claimed to have seen details of INEC’s budget for the 2019 elections, adding that the spending plan shows the electoral body collected from the federal government N1.47 billion for servers. Though, it requested for N2.27 billion. It was not clear whether the servers were used for the elections or whether election results were transmitted electronically.

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