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No INEC Server glitches on Election Day, witness tells PEPT 

The Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC) has admitted as evidence a report from a subpoenaed witness who identified herself as an employee of Amazon Web Services Incorporated, USA, stating the health status of the cloud services offered to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on February 25, 2023.

 

The report specifically provides details on the health status of the Amazon Web Server (AWS) that provided cloud services for INEC’s digital backbone for the presidential election.

 

The INEC Server had been a bone of contention since the day of election. The umpire claimed that there were glitches that made it impossible to transmit the results of the presidential election in real time as was promised by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu.

 

This was after the results of the National Assembly elections which were conducted same time were successfully transmitted without any glitches.

 

But preponderance of public opinion is of the view that whatever happened to the INEC server at the moment the presidential election results were to be transmitted was as a result of internal sabotage and manipulation.

 

The LP witness who testified on Monday seems to agree that there were no INEC Server glitches as claimed by the Commission.

 

The witness provided 33 reports of the health status of AWS services from six regions where Amazon hosts their services.

 

A snippet of the report contents revealed that there were no glitches that could have affected the e-transmission of the results on February 25, 2023, when the presidential election held.

 

The report was tendered through a witness subpoenaed by the Labour Party (LP), Claretta Ogar, a cloud engineer and architect.

 

The document, totaling six copies were admitted by the court amid objections by INEC, President Bola Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

The cross examination of the witness is scheduled for Tuesday June 20.

 

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