INEC Releases 2023 Election Report, Underscores Need For Technological Advancement

Sam Olumekun explained that advanced technology will address public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal.

Voters on queue to cast their ballot during the 2023 election.


The Independent Electoral Commission has released the 2023 election report which emphasises the role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud.

In a release signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, explained that advanced technology will address public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal.

The report published on its website on Friday said the conduct of a BVAS functionality mock accreditation exercise on the eve of the election, enabled the Commission to test-run the system ahead of the 2023 General Election.

“It is important to draw attention to some key pre-2023 general election activities. First, there was the conduct of Off-Cycle, Bye-Elections and Re-run Elections between August 2019 and July 2022 to fill executive and legislative positions in 145 constituencies nationwide.

“Second, there was the challenge, from December 2019 to late 2020, of conducting some of these elections in the context of the global COVID-19 Pandemic that tasked the Commission to develop a policy on conducting elections within the prevailing atmosphere of the pandemic and develop innovations to meet the public safety exigencies in line with advisories by national and global health authorities.

“Third, several other innovations by the Commission in the 2019-2022 period peculiarly made the 2023 General Election unique. It was the first general election to be conducted after the amendment of the Electoral Act 2022. Furthermore, the Presidential and National Assembly election, for the first time in two Electoral Cycles 2010-2015 and 2015-2019, held on schedule without postponement as a result of logistics or other challenges,” the report read in part.

“In keeping with our tradition over the last four electoral cycles, and our commitment to transparency, we are pleased to announce the release of the official INEC report on the 2023 General Election,” according to the statement.

This comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes and 10 graphs, offers an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, alongside valuable lessons learned.

The Report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress.

“This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies and nine in State legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.” the statement read.

Other aspects covered in the report include logistics, security arrangements, staff recruitment and training, inclusivity measures, and the electoral framework.