The Nigerian General Elections The Role of AWS in The 2023 Elections

In recent years, many organizations, including government agencies, have adopted cloud computing services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) for storing and managing data.

While I can provide a general overview of how data storage on AWS works, it’s important to note that specific details about how INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission)
implemented AWS for data storage during the Nigerian election would require access to up-to-date and specific information.

AWS provides a range of cloud-based services, including storage solutions. One popular
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) offers scalable and secure object storage for various types of data.

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Here’s a simplified explanation of how the process works:

  1. Data Upload: INEC would upload the election data (such as voter registration information, polling results, and other relevant data) to the AWS S3 storage buckets. These buckets are essentially containers that hold the data.
  2. Security Measures: AWS provides robust security measures to protect the data stored in S3 buckets. This includes access controls, encryption options, and identity management tools to ensure that only authorized individuals or systems can access the data.
  3. Data Accessibility: Once the data is stored in the AWS cloud, it can be accessed by authorized INEC personnel or applications. They can retrieve, analyze, and process the data required for election-related purposes.

Regarding whether data stored in AWS can be hacked, it’s essential to understand that no system is entirely immune to potential security breaches.
However, AWS has implemented extensive security measures to safeguard the data stored on its platform. These measures include network isolation, encryption options, regular security updates, and monitoring systems to detect and respond to suspicious activities.

INECs Reply to the LP Petition.

We deny paragraph 93 of the petition and state in response that we did not receive data
into an unscheduled device either as alleged or at all. INEC referenced in paragraph 93 of the petition, is not a public portal but is used by INEC Officials to view results during performance testing on the result transmission system.

The IRev portal, The Continuous Voters Registra3on (CVR) portal is the result. This is also hosted on the AWS Web Cloud Service. We used the CVR infrastructure as a failover and backup for the e- transmission system when a technological glitch occurred.

The CVR portal is not a result viewing portal but directs any person who visits the portal to
the IRev. We deny p94 of the Petition and want LP & Obi to prove it in court“

In the above quote, INEC agrees to host on AWS, which has a 99.99% availability, so there is
a 0.01% chance of the AWS system Failing. Reference: Here

Secondly, INEC also claims they did not receive data from unscheduled devices. i.e. nonstandard sites.

Verdict: UNTRUE because these 3 sites were live and public after the election.

INEC denies the results were ever public and redirected viewers to the scheduled item’s official web link.

Verdict: UNTRUE because this site was open to the public from the 1st of March till the 19th of April at 2.40 am, when they finally redirected it to the official weblink.

Reported By Casper