Tribunal orders INEC to allow AD inspect election materials in Bayelsa

The National and State Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to release to the Alliance for Democracy, AD, election materials needed by the party for inspection and analysis to enable it prove its claim that the House of Assembly election did not hold and results were rigged.

Justice Ononeze Madu gave the order, yesterday, in a ruling on the petition by the state House of Assembly candidate of the Alliance for Democracy,   Victor-Ben Eredei.

The chairperson of the tribunal, Justice Madu, in her ruling on the ex-parte motion by applicant’s counsel, M. J. Numa, ordered INEC to release polling materials including ballot papers, copies of the EC8 series and electronic print-out from the Central Data Base of accredited voters obtained through the card readers used for the conduct of the election in the area.

It will be recalled that INEC had declared Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate and Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, winner of the April 11 election in constituency 4 of the state amidst alleged non-conduct of election, violence and intimidation of the electorate


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