Election 2023: Facts To Know About IReV

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with its aim to conduct a transparent, free, and fair election across the borders of the country introduced IReV in 2020.

INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) is an online portal where polling unit-level results are uploaded directly from the polling unit, transmitted, and published for the public. At the front end of the online portal, members of the public can create personal accounts with which they can gain access to all uploaded results stored as PDF files.

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This innovation was put forward alongside its twin brother  Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) which is meant for the accreditation of voters.

INEC asserts that these technologies are addressing the ten most pervasive weaknesses in Nigeria’s election result management process which include falsification of votes at polling units, falsification of numbers of accredited voters, collation of false results, mutilation of results and computational errors, swapping of results sheets, forging of results sheets, snatching and destruction of results sheets, obtaining declaration and return involuntarily, making declaration and return while result collation is still in progress and poor recordkeeping.

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IReV was first introduced by INEC in 2020 when a by-election was conducted in Nasarawa State.  Where the electoral commission recorded massive success was recorded. IReV has since then been deployed in 105 elections involving 16,694,461 registered voters since it.

In these elections, 32,935 results sheets (Form EC8A) were uploaded from polling units in rural and urban areas, including polling units in communities affected by insecurity.

IReV and BIVAS technology were backed up by the 2022 Electoral act, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu declared the new technology would be used for the 2023 presidential, state, and national assembly elections. This decision was cheered by well-meaning Nigerians who thought that the technology will give power back to the people.

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