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Published On: Tue, Feb 10th, 2015

INEC Debunks Rumour of Jega’s Resignation, Says It’s Website is Very Secured

Prof Atahiru Jega

Prof Atahiru Jega


LAGOS FEBRUARY 10TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The rumour making the rounds that the Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Atahiru Jega has resigned had been denied by the Commission, just as it assured Nigerians that its website is very secured.
Denying the rumour of Jega’s resignation while addressing members of Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) on the updates of INEC citizen contact centre and preparedness for the election during a workshop organized by United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) to intimate Nigerians on the need for peaceful election at Abuja on Tuesday, INEC Deputy Director of Publicity, Nick Dazang described the rumour of INEC’s Boss resignation as false.
Dazang who did not speak further on the issue assured Nigerians that the website of the Commission is very safe, adding that with the way and manner the website was constructed no one can hack it.
According to him, “We have three different servers. If one is hacked, there is a back up. You need to compromise all our staff in the data base in order to hack our server. This is not possible. Besides, we signed a contract or commitment with our IT contractors as such no information can be divulged to an intruder. Even if anyone tries to hack the server, the cost will be very enormous.
He called on those who have not collected their permanent voters cards (PVCs) to use the opportunity created by the extension of the election dates to collect theirs.
He revealed that INEC has expanded its information centres to enable the commission to address problems of electorate, adding that by so doing they have been able to assist voters and observers to resolve their problems of electoral issues.
According to him, “Initially, we have four staff at the information centre. But as election approaches, we increased the staff strength to twenty. Formerly, the working hours in the information centre were 9 am to 5.00 pm. But that has been scrapped to twenty fours operation. “
He lamented that those mopping up PVCs through buying or stealing were defranchising genuine voters and wasting their time and money hence there is no way they could use the stolen PVCs.
He explained that it is one voter to a PVC, stressing that card readers would be used to detect the stolen PVCs during voting.

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