Court Orders INEC To Transmit Governorship Polls Results Electronically As INEC Provides Reasons For Postponing Election
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on March 9, 2023
Independent National Electoral Commission to directly and electronically upload from the polling units to the IReV the results of the forthcoming, governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Lagos State.
Justice Peter Lifu made the order while delivering judgment on a suit filed by the Labour Party and 41 others, in which they sought an order of mandamus to compel INEC to obey the Electoral Act and its guidelines for the conduct of the elections.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given reasons it postponed the governorship election which was initially scheduled for this Saturday, March 11, to March 18, 2023.
In a statement on Wednesday night, the National Commissioner & Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said the commission needed time for the reconfiguration of the BVAS used for the Presidential election held on February 25, 2023.
Recall that the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday granted approval to the INEC to reconfigure the BVAS, following an application by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate Peter Obi to sought an order from the court restraining the commission from tampering with the information in the BVAS machines until the due inspection is conducted and certified true copies (CTC) of them issued.
Speaking after the ruling, the counsel to Peter Obi, Ben Anachebe applauded the decision of the court.