The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has assured Nigerians that its database is well fortified and cannot be hacked
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has assured Nigerians that its database is well fortified and cannot be hacked as alleged recently.
The INEC chairman made the assertion on Friday evening during a Town Hall meeting hosted by BBC Media Action’s “Talk Your Own radio” programme, held at Protea Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja.
Bulletin released by the commission on Saturday said that the INEC Chairman who answered various questions from participants said, “I can tell you from our own integrity test and from our own knowledge of the security features that we put in place, it is virtually impossible to hack into our system. It does not stop people from trying but we believe they will not succeed. Hacking is possible if your data is on line; our data is not online”.
When asked on the possibility of a staff compromising the data, Professor Jega was quoted to have replied that, “We have taken stringent measures to ensure our data cannot be compromised even by our staff, but if for any reason somebody succeeds in compromising our data, we can easily know who it is very easily. We have checks and balances.”
While admitting that there have been challenges in the production and distribution of Permanent Voter Cards, Jega was also said to have cleared the air on INEC’s preparedness to conduct the February polls due to such challenges.
By Edos News