Another INEC staff claims he transmitted election results to INEC server

Another INEC staff claims he transmitted election results to INEC server

Ibraheem Mahmood|

Olufemi Ogunride, another ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday told the presidential election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja that he transmitted results of the 2019 presidential election to a central server as directed by INEC.

Olufemi, who described himself as an INEC ad-hoc staff, told the tribunal that he was trained for three days ahead of the elections.

The witness testified that the presiding officer gave him the election result sheets which he subsequently transferred into the smart card readers and then transferred same into the server.

He said, “All I know is that the P. O (presiding officer) brought the forms EC8C. I put the information from the form into the smart card reader which I transmitted to the server.”

Under cross-examination by defence counsel, Olufemi, however, said, he had never seen the said INEC server.

According to him, the transmission of information from the smart card readers into the server was based on the training he got from INEC during training before the election.

Olufemi Ogurinde is one of several witnesses called by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the PDP, who claimed they transmitted the results of the 2019 presidential election into INEC central server.

INEC has since denied that it used a central server for the collation of the 2019 presidential election.

The elections tribunal had earlier denied Atiku’s request to inspect INEC’s server last month, stating that granting such a request would presuppose that the court had ruled that the server actually existed.

It reserved ruling on the matter until after taking argument from both parties on the substantive suit.