Shehu Sani, a former senator, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should clarify to Nigerians ahead of time if the electronic server will be used for the 2023 general elections.
Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the eighth National Assembly, made the call in a Twitter post on Thursday.
The former lawmaker made the comment following the announcement of the 2023 General Election dates by Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, at a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021, organised by the Senate Committee on INEC on Wednesday.
INEC should clarify whether the upcoming election is with or without Server.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) April 29, 2021
The issue of electronic server caused controversy after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, accused INEC of using the equipment to electronically transmit the result of the poll.
The PDP and Atiku claimed that the result of the election contained in the server was different from the final result declared by INEC in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
INEC, however, debunked the allegations of the PDP and Atiku, insisting that election results during the 2019 polls were not electronically transmitted via its server.
The case was eventually dismissed by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and the Supreme Court.