INEC Chairman: Foreign Hackers Are Attacking Our Database – Mahmood Yakubu Laments

INEC CHAIRMAN - Prof Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has acknowledged that foreign hackers are attacking the commission’s database.

The 2023 General Elections; Judiciary and Sustainability of Nigeria’s Democracy was the theme of Yakubu’s speech on January 26 at the 2022 National Conference of the National Association of Judiciary Correspondents (NAJUC) in Abuja.

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The attacks are not just coming from Nigeria, according to the INEC chairman, who was represented by the deputy director of ICT, Dr. Lawrence Bayode.


He stated:

“When we looked at the system yesterday, we noticed that individuals were attempting to enter it from France, but we are also putting some measures in place.

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We have done our best to ensure that our system is secure. You can’t build a house and you won’t put a door, window, or burglary.


The INEC official also revealed that the backend and the Result Viewing Portal (IReV) are both well-secured to fend off any attacks.

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In order to vote, according to Section 47(1) of the Electoral Act of 2022, one must have a permanent voter card (PVC) and be accredited.

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