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ERAD Report Presentation

Yiaga Africa launches report on Election Result Analysis Dashboard (ERAD) on Electronic Transmission of Results in the 2022 Ekiti and Osun Governorship Election

Yiaga Africa has officially presented its report on the Election Result Analysis Dashboard (ERAD), which was used to monitor the Electronic Transmission of Results in the 2022 Ekiti and Osun Governorship Election, with its observations on the effectiveness of the electronic transmission of results and recommendations.

The Election Result Analysis Dashboard (ERAD) tracks & analyzes polling unit results as transmitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to its INEC Results Viewing (iReV) portal, leveraging the opportunity created by the Electoral Act 2022 legalizing the electronic transmission of results. This allows it to serve as an independent audit and integrity test assessment tool for INEC’s election results management. 

Guests at the launch of the report
Guests at the launch of the report

The ERAD was piloted in the governorship election in Ekiti and also used in Osun where all the results were downloaded from the iReV portal and  95% and 97% of the polling unit results were analyzed and visualized respectively.

In his welcome remarks, Yiaga Africa’s Board Member Ezenwa Nwagwu stated that the electronic transmission of election results has built public trust in the electoral process.

Yiaga Africa Board Member Ezenwa Nwagwu
Yiaga Africa Board Member Ezenwa Nwagwu 

Speaking on the dashboard, the Executive Director of Yiaga Africa, Samson Itodo said it is a result of collaboration between Yiaga Africa and Channels Television was an opportunity to support INEC by providing the public with access to analyzed election results from the polling unit in relative real-time as the dashboard was embedded within the election-day broadcast of Channels Television.

“Millions of Nigerians across the globe followed the Channels TV broadcast as the ERAD was the only platform that provided real-time visualized data of the election results. Secondly, INEC’s IReV recorded huge traffic due to the publicity it gained from the ERAD”, he said.

Samson Itodo, Executive Director of Yiaga Africa
Samson Itodo, Executive Director of Yiaga Africa

He concluded by challenging INEC to invest in building confidence in the BVAS and iRev, noting that public trust is essential in the deployment of electoral technology anywhere in the world.

“The transparency of the transmission and collation of election results is a parameter for measuring the integrity quotient of elections,” he concluded.

He also highlighted some recommendations of the report which include INEC increasing the capacity of polling unit officials on result transmission, ballot paper accounting as well as the capturing of polling unit results using the BVAS.

Seun Okinbaloye of Channels TV, who anchored the event
Seun Okinbaloye of Channels TV, who anchored the event

Part of the event was a stakeholders’ conference on election result management that attracted officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representatives of political parties, and members of civil society organizations.

A panel during the Stakeholders' Conference
A panel during the Stakeholders' Conference

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu who delivered the keynote address, spoke about 22 new innovations introduced by INEC that will make rigging difficult in the 2023 elections. 

These innovations include biometric registration of voters (including facial recognition), the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED) for computer-based registration, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) to replace the Smart Card Reader, and the INEC Results Viewing Portal (iRev). 

He also allayed fears that the electronic transmission of results will be unable to work in every part of the country, noting that their testing of the technology has so far proven otherwise.

“The concern that INEC cannot transmit results nationwide is unfounded because the commission has transmitted election results on 105 elections including the remotest of villages in Borno, Bauchi, Imo, and Jigawa states amongst others,” he said.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu speaking at the Conference
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu speaking at the Conference

He noted with concern the repeated attempts to hack into INEC systems by those seeking to rig elections but expressed confidence that these attempts will continue to fail.

“The days of wanton election manipulation are over,” he assured Nigerians. 

Read the Keynote Speech by the INEC Chairman Here

There were goodwill messages at the launch from the representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Corrie Yencayenge; the Country Director of the National Democratic Institute, Francis Madugu; the Team Lead, DAI Nigeria, Rudolf Elbling, and the Governance Adviser, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Matthew Ayibakuro. 

"Democratic election can contribute to the development of Nigeria. UNDP will contribute to the development of credible election," Yencayenge said.

Ms. Corrie Yenceynege of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Ms. Corrie Yenceynege of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

"With conversations like this, low participation of citizens in elections will be curbed," said Madugu.

Francis Madugu of NDI
Francis Madugu of NDI

“I am impressed with this project, as it will improve transparency and credible elections in Nigeria,” said Elbing.

Rudolf Ebling of DAI Nigeria
Rudolf Ebling of DAI Nigeria

The report was formally presented to the public by the Board Chair, Yiaga Africa, Dr. Hussaini Abdu together with the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and invited special guests.

Yiaga Africa Board Chair, Dr. Hussaini Abdu speaking before the presentation
Yiaga Africa Board Chair, Dr. Hussaini Abdu speaking before the presentation
Yiaga Africa Board Chair, Dr Hussaini Abdu and invited special guests launching the report
Yiaga Africa Board Chair, Dr Hussaini Abdu and invited special guests launching the report
The ERAD Team at Yiaga Africa with the Yiaga Africa Board Chair and the INEC Chairman
The ERAD Team at Yiaga Africa with the Yiaga Africa Board Chair and the INEC Chairman

 

Download and read the report here

 

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Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.