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Tribunal orders INEC to allow Atiku, PDP inspect February 23 Presidential Election materials

PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

The three-man Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal led by Justice Abdul Aboki on Wednesday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, to inspect the electoral materials used for the conduct of the February 23 poll.

1Push Naija had earlier reported that Atiku and the PDP had filed an application before the tribunal to order INEC to allow them inspect the election materials which includes; ballot papers, card readers, and other items.

The PDP in the application also requested that the tribunal compels INEC to allow it make photocopies and scan the electoral documents.

Although the panel granted Atiku and his party access to inspect the materials, it however rejected the request to make photocopy and scan the documents.

Other members of the panel are Justice Peter Ige and Justice Emmanuel Agim.

The tribunal also refused to grant the opposition party access to conduct forensic examination and forensic analysis of the materials as well as access to card reader data and information contained in the cloud and electronic storage used for the election.

Justice Aboki who delivered the ruling noted that the provision of section 151 of the Electoral Act only allows access to inspection of the electoral materials and the certified true copies of all the materials used for the poll.

“After a careful consideration of the application, a perusal of section 151 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the decisions of this court in Aregbesola Vs Oyinlola 2009, Akintayo Vs Jolaoye and Hope Uzodinma Vs Osita Izunaso, it is hereby ordered:

“Leave is granted to the applicants to bring this application.

“The first respondent (INEC) shall allow the applicants to inspect the polling documents and be given the certified true copies of the polling documents used for the conduct of the presidential election across the country to enable them to institute and maintain their election petition.

“Prayers 4, 5, and 6 are hereby rejected.”

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