Nigerian opposition to review election documents – African Business

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Nigeria’s election fee agreed handy over paperwork linked to final month’s disputed election to the opposition’s authorized workforce on Tuesday.

Nigeria’s electoral physique promised to launch 7778 paperwork to Labour Get together legal professionals to prosecute its case difficult the end result of the Presidential Election, native television station Come up TV reported.

The choice adopted a gathering between the Chairman of Nigeria’s Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu and Labour Get together legal professionals.

“INEC has nothing to cover. Paperwork accessible on the HQ will probably be given instantly,” Yakubu mentioned on Wednesday.

“We’re assembly with Resident Electoral Commissioners right now and we are going to focus on how different paperwork on the state degree may be made accessible to you speedily,” he added.

The day earlier than the announcement, defeated opposition candidate Peter Obi confirmed that he could be difficult INEC’s electoral course of that declared Bola Tinubu the winner of the February 23rd race.

Slim likelihood

By no means earlier than have makes an attempt by defeated opposition events to overturn election leads to Nigeria by contesting them in courtroom succeeded.

Opposition legal professionals are prone to root their case on Part 50 (2) of Nigeria’s 2022 Electoral Act, which states that outcomes must be transmitted electronically, in response to a process decided by the fee.

“The Labour Get together and PDP [Peoples Democratic Party] hope to show that INEC breached election legislation by not transmitting the outcomes electronically,” says Harry Burns, an election strategist who works throughout the UK and Africa.

“They hope this, mixed with the clear irregularities at many polling items (with figures being manually modified), will show that the election outcome can’t be trusted and that it have to be re-run.”

Opposition legal professionals additionally hope to uncover proof that voting machines – the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) – was tampered with – although there doesn’t appear to be proof of this but, Burns says.

“Chances are high the APC [All Progressives Congress] will probably be declared the victors and Tinubu will probably be President, however no matter occurs, the Labour Get together look like right here to remain and alter might be across the nook.”

Final week, Nigeria’s electoral fee postponed its gubernatorial elections till the 18th March, saying it wanted extra time to reconfigure the digital machines utilized in final month’s election.


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