INEC to publish details of safeguards and mechanisms put in place to protect privacy and security of election information
Written by News Room on April 4, 2022
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been advised to publish the details of safeguards and mechanisms put in place to protect the privacy and security of election information and data in the commission’s custody.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) gave the charge in a Freedom of Information request dated 26th March 2022.
SERAP also called on INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to clarify whether any third-party is involved in the collection, control, and use of election information and data.
It also called on Professor Yakubu to clarify the other location or locations where election information is stored apart from Abuja, and the details of any third-party, who has access to such a database, the safeguards and contingency plans put in place by INEC to address any threats to the privacy and security of election information.
According to SERAP, putting in place adequate technological security measures to prevent unauthorized access to election information and data would improve the credibility of the electoral process and the enjoyment of people’s right to participate in their own government.