ICT experts call for contingency plan, backups during elections




By Chiazo Ogbolu

Lagos, Feb. 16, 2019 (NNN) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) experts on Saturday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to have contingency and backup plans that would help forestall challenges during  elections.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in separate interviews in Lagos that  the  postponement few hours to the commencement  of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by INEC showed that it  did not prepare for eventualities.

Mr Jide Awe, Chairman, Conferences Committee of the Nigeria Computer Society, told NNN that the postponement might be due  to alleged technological issues.

He said that one could have the best card readers and everything, yet, lacked good planning.

“Unless something has happened that the commission  does not want to tell the public because INEC is supposed to have a plan in place to ensure that things move smoothly today.

“That the postponement was because of  logistics as said by INEC chairman means that they are not ready to deliver and since this is so, the best is to postpone the elections.

“There is definitely a problem with their planning and we should understand that nothing can be perfect in life.

“There is the need to foresee certain things and have a plan to tackle it,” he said.

Awe, however, appealed to intending  voters to be calm and ensure they perform their civic responsibility on  Feb. 23 and March 9 respectively.

Also, Mr Rogba Adeoye, the former President, Information Technology Systems and Security Professionals (ITSSP), told NNN that the postponement called for adjustment of schedules and activities  nationwide.

“As a citizen I do not have much choice. INEC is saying that this is the best they can give us for now, what can we do than to be patient and wait for the D-day.

“The one thing that is bad in the whole postponement issue is the impact it will have on the citizens especially those with other engagements aside the election workers.

“Likewise, the students and teachers who were given midterm break will have their schools calendar  disrupted again and this is not good for the educational system,” he said. (NNN)

Edited by Bola Akingbehin/Peter Dada