Chaos In INEC, As They May Be Unable To Provide Presidential Election Result Sheets For Atiku
It appears the presidential election which held about two weeks ago may be cancelled, and this could happen if INEC fails to provide the result sheets for inspection by Atiku.
Recall that on Wednesday 6th March, the Presidential Election Tribunal in its ruling granted Atiku Abubarkar leave to inspect the election collaboration result sheet. This development has thrown INEC into chaos, as it does not have the full results in its kitty.
According to Daily Mail, INEC does not have the result sheets and other materials it used for collation of the results, this could lead to annulment of the Presidential elections.
INEC was said to have ordered its legal department to look into the ruling to advise it appropriately, as soon as the leave was granted.
WakeUpAfrica360 checked the official INEC website, and discovered that INEC was yet to provide details of the outcome of the polls there.
This revelation puts a huge question mark as to the credibility of the election results, as it seemed more efforts was made on declaring winners rather than following due processes.
Daily Mail made several efforts to speak with INEC staff to no avail, but a source in the legal department of INEC said “It was always going to be tough providing the materials the court has ordered. I don’t know why materials used during the election have not been submitted, but I am not in a position to speak – I am in the legal department, my mandate is not to speak on issues like this”
When probed further she said, “There should be things to inspect, in fact all things being sought should be available for a petitioner to examine – that’s what all relevant laws in the country says. And in the case where a petitioner cannot be provided the materials being sought, that that will be left for the court to decide, but it could mean cancellation of result because you can’t announce nothing for something”
WakeUpAfrica360 put a call to a source at INEC who stated that it should normally take few weeks to collate all election materials ‘owing to the magnitude of the election and the materials used’.
“Nigeria is a large country, we shouldn’t be hasty in some issues but I can agree with you that at least all the materials and equipment used should have been at states’ offices”