Worry of presidential election consequence cancellation looms as INEC has no consequence sheets for inspection by Atiku 12 days after presidential election
It’s nearly two weeks after the conduct of the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections however the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) doesn’t have full ends in its kitty.
Worse nonetheless is the truth that INEC doesn’t have consequence sheets and different supplies it used for collation of the outcomes, inflicting anxiousness and fears of annulment of elections aftermath of court docket ruling on Wednesday.
Every day Mail stories that, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday granted the election consequence challenger, Atiku Abubakar, a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together, PDP, depart to examine all election supplies.
That court docket depart is inflicting confusion in INEC as to what to do. Every day Mail gathered that, quickly after the court docket ruling, INEC on Wednesday ordered its authorized division to look into the ruling to advise it appropriately, a supply within the know revealed.
Even of concern is why INEC has but to offer particulars of the end result of the polls both on its web site or at its state workplaces.
Checks performed by Every day Mail via INEC on-line portal, calls to its states’ workplaces, wards, native governments, federal constituencies and senatorial districts confirmed no bodily collation or on-line launch of the outcomes.
That is inflicting fears the election outcomes might have been cooked as efforts have been somewhat positioned on declaring winners than following processes as allowed by extant legal guidelines earlier than declaration of election outcomes may very well be performed.
When Every day Mail enquired from Oluwole Osaze-Uzi, INEC’s Director of Voter Schooling and Publicity, it was not profitable.
Additionally, makes an attempt to talk with Festus Okoye, INEC’s Nationwide Commissioner on Voter Schooling was additionally unsuccessful as his cellphone rang out.
However a number of sources instructed Every day Mail that it ought to usually take few weeks to collate all election supplies “owing to the magnitude of the election and the supplies used.
“Nigeria is a big nation, we shouldn’t be hasty in some points however I can agree with you that a minimum of all of the supplies and tools used ought to have been at states’ workplaces.”
Requested why state workplaces are but to have the tools and supplies, he mentioned state workplaces must be requested or INEC “greater authority can be able to reply that.”
A supply on the authorized division of INEC instructed Every day Mail on cellphone that “it was all the time going to be robust offering the supplies the court docket has ordered.
“I don’t know why supplies used in the course of the election haven’t be submitted however I’m not able to talk – I’m within the authorized division, my mandate is to not converse on points like this.”
In accordance with her, “There must be factor to examine, in truth all issues being sought must be obtainable for a petitioner to look at – that’s what all related legal guidelines within the nation says.”
When requested what if the petitioner can’t be supplied the supplies being sought, she responded, “That’s left for the court docket to determine, but it surely may imply cancellation of consequence as a result of you may’t announce nothing for one thing.”