Court Orders INEC To Resume Voters Registration Until 90 Days To Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been accused by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) of hindering them from inspecting materials used for the February 25 presidential elections.
PDP and LP on Friday claimed that the electoral body is not complying with the order of the court directing INEC to give access to inspect the materials.
A letter signed by the PDP legal team, Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN) claimed that the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu since the court of appeal on March 3 and 8 granted access to materials used for the election has refused to comply.
The appellate court panel led by Justice Joseph Ikyegh had issued “an order allowing the PDP to carry out a forensic examination/analysis of the ballot papers, data form, BVAS/and or card readers, including copying and photocopying of the ballot papers, information stored in the computer server/IREV/backends/clouds and card readers and thumbprint analysis and to present and/or demonstrate by visual, electronic or documentary or any other means, the result of the forensic examination/analysis at the court as part of the proceedings.”
According to Gadzama, a legal team led by Adedamola Fanokun Esq has been visiting INEC since the first order was made, and on each occasion, they were turned back because “there was no instruction yet from the commission”.
The national chairman of LP, Julius Abute in a post on Twitter also accused INEC of not granting the party’s experts and lawyers access to the election materials and to scan or make photocopies of voters registration, ballot papers used, including to conduct digital forensic inspection of BVAS machines used for the February 25 election.
He said, “I want to say that since that order was made that we should be given the opportunity to inspect election materials, INEC has not allowed us access.
“We have been going there; our lawyers and technical experts have been going there daily.”