FAST INFO MAGAZINE: Delta Governorship Tribunal: INEC Contradicts Self, Disowns Card Readers

Friday, 12 June 2015

Delta Governorship Tribunal: INEC Contradicts Self, Disowns Card Readers


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This tribunal cases is really ripping the covers off some of our popular beliefs and for INEC to discredit their card readers in court, it makes it all the more interesting.!
Please Read the Report Below:

According to the INEC response obtained by SaharaReporters and its desperate moves to cover up all the riggings and frauds for the PDP candidate claimed that the card readers were for verification of voters while the register of voters was the only document for accreditation of voters on the election day.

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

In a bid to cover up all the frauds and electoral malpractices that marred the April 11, 2015 governorship election in favor of the Delta State governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has contradicted itself.

The commission at an ongoing hearing at the Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Asaba, Delta State capital stated that the card readers were not meant for accreditations but verifications of voters.

Following public outcry that greeted the Presidential election where INEC abandoned the use of card readers midway to the election, the commission had in a press statement signed by the Commission Secretary, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, made it clear that card readers will be used for accreditation of voters for the Governorship elections in accordance with the guideline for the 2015 general elections.

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According the press statement “The Independent National Electoral Commission wishes to inform all Nigerians that Card Readers will be used for the April 11, 2015 Elections.

But in Delta state INEC statement of defense filed on May, 22, 2015 through its legal counsel, led by D. D. Dodo, SAN, and 7 others, in response to the petition filed by Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, the Delta All Progressives Congress, (APC) governorship candidate in the April 11, 2015 election with petition No: EPT/DT/GOV/32/15 before the Governorship Election Tribunal disowned the sanctity of the card readers and reneged on the electoral guideline and its directives on the use of card readers for accreditation of voters for the conduct of the 2015 general elections.

According to the INEC response obtained by SaharaReporters and its desperate moves to cover up all the riggings and frauds for the PDP candidate claimed that the card readers were for verification of voters while the register of voters was the only document for accreditation of voters on the election day.

“Card Readers are for verification of Voters while Register of Voters is the only document for accreditation of voters on Election Day. From inception it was contemplated that upon the failure of the Card Reader other contingencies will be resorted to in order to ensure that the election is duly conducted and that legitimate voters were not disenfranchised. The ultimate mechanism was to resort to the manual accreditation as provided for by the Electoral Act.”

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