Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu over election data.
The body wants the publication of mechanisms put in place to protect the privacy and security of information, servers, databases and other electronic formats.
SERAP is also seeking to know whether any third
party is involved in the collection, control and use of election details, the legal rules and processes guiding the choice of any such third party.
The demands are contained in a Freedom of Information (FoI) request dated 26 March 2022, signed by the organisation’s Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare.
The organization said ensuring data protection would improve the ability of INEC to effectively discharge its constitutional and statutory duties.
This would also help to remove risks of attack and unlawful interference by any unauthorised person with election information and data”, Oluwadare noted.
The director said putting in place adequate measures to prevent unauthorized access would boost citizen participation and credibility of the electoral process.
SERAP insists voter registration and voting systems are vulnerable to manipulation by corrupt politicians and other actors.
Oluwadare warned that information is often susceptible to unlawful interference which could damage democratic practices.
The letter gave the commission seven days to honour its request, adding that appropriate legal actions will be taken if INEC fails to act.