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How INEC Portal Was Attacked During Ekiti, Osun Governorship Polls – Yakubu


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has stated that hackers from abroad attacked the commission’s portal during the Ekiti and Osun governorship election.

Mahmood made this known while speaking as a keynote address at a stakeholders’ conference on election result management in Abuja.

He said: “Another technical concern for us is the repeated attempts to break through our cyber security system for the portal.

“Our engineers reported several cyber- attacks on the portal during the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections, some of them from as far as Asia.

“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 (result viewing centre) 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.”

The INEC boss also stated that the commission is working to address other challenges facing it.

He said: “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.”


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