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Amazon cloud engineer debunks INEC’s glitches claim

By Osa Mbonu-Amadi  

A cloud engineer and architect at Amazon Web Services Incorporated, Ms. Mpeh Ogar, on Monday debunked the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC’s claim that technical glitches prevented it from uploading the photographic copies of polling unit result sheets of the February 25, 2023 presidential election to IReV portal real-time in adherence to its guideline.

Ms. Mpeh Ogar, a subpoenaed witness of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, told the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja that the INEC’s IReV portal did not experience any glitches.

It would be recalled that INEC, through Mr. Festus Okoye, Commissioner for Voter Education, had issued a statement a day after the election, blaming unexpected technical glitches for the commission’s failure to upload results to IReV portal as provided in the guidelines for the election.

But Mpeh Ogar, Obi’s seventh witness led in evidence by Obi’s lawyer, Patrick Ikwueto, told the court that a report of the health status of the Amazon Web Services which hosts INEC IReV portal showed that there were no technical glitches on 25 February, 2023.

Ms. Ogar tendered copies of her resumè and appointment letter at Amazon Web Services Incorporated and six volume reports of the 33 regions where Amazon Web Services hosts their servers.

Although INEC, APC and Mr. Tinubu objected to the admissibility of the documents, the five-member panel of the court headed by Haruna Tsammani admitted and marked the documents as exhibits and then, adjourned until Tuesday for cross examination of Ms. Ogar.

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