The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) refuted claims on Tuesday alleging that it manipulated the accreditation data on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal during the off-cycle election in Kogi State on Saturday, November 11, 2023.
INEC spokesperson, Mohammed Kudu Haruna, said in a statement that the reports from some media reports alleging that the Commission tampered with the accredited figures of voters in the Kogi governorship election results uploaded on the IReV portal are unfounded.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the most accurate and up-to-date Voters’ Accreditation Data is available in the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which is used for the authentication and accreditation of registered voters at various polling units on election day. It automatically retains the accreditation data of all voters,” Haruna said.
He stated that BVAS is designed to primarily work offline without internet connectivity, which facilitates a faster and more seamless authentication and accreditation experience for voters.
Haruna further explained that exportation of data does not happen when the device’s application is inactive or when the internet connectivity is poor.