- The NBA has faulted INEC over the conduct of presidential and National Assembly elections
- Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman in the earlier hour of Wednesday, February 27, declared President Muhammadu Buhari the winner of the presidential election
- According to the NBA, many of INEC's staffs were partisan in the election
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has faulted the preparations of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the area of logistics for the Saturday, February 23, presidential and National Assembly elections, accusing the commission’s officials of aiding and abetting politicians to rig the elections.
This Day reports that this is coming as the chairman of the electoral body, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, promised that the electoral umpire would probe some already identified calculation errors in the results of last elections.
Legit.ng gathered that despite the assurance by Yakubu, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) also rejected the results of the elections being collated by the commission, accusing the INEC boss, of complicity in the election malpractices.
In the interim report on the elections signed by the chairman, Elections Working Group (EWG), Afam Osigwe, NBA not only indicted INEC over the challenges faced by the populace, it said many of its staff were partisan in the election.
Osigwe, however, said the NBA–EWG would give its full report after the governorship and House of Assembly elections slated for March 9.
The president of NBA, Paul Usoro (SAN), had inaugurated the 2019 NBA-EWG with the core mandate to, among others, observe the presidential, gubernatorial, national and state Houses of Assembly elections, 2019 and ascertain and be able to comment on the extent of the conformity of the processes and procedures for conduct of the elections with the relevant laws.
The NBA-EWG noted with regret, however, that despite the postponement by one week, the elections recorded some noticeable but avoidable lapses associated with the same ‘logistical challenges’.
It stated that its members reported that polls did not commence at the scheduled time of 8am in most polling units nationwide. This, according to it, was a drawback, which manifested in the states of the south-south, southeast, southwest and north central regions of the country.
The observer body disclosed that in a number of polling units across the country, election materials, especially ballot papers, were either over-supplied or under-supplied.
It added that from the reports available to it, the situation was prevalent in the south-south and southeast sub-regions, particularly in Edo, Akwa Ibom, Imo and Enugu states.
The observer body said: “The NBA-EWG notes as well that in isolated cases, Owerri in Imo state for example, INEC officials conducted the elections using photocopies of approved ballot papers.
"In polling units where voters complained about this unwholesome practice, the INEC officials rebuffed them and proceeded to conduct the elections in that manner, nevertheless.
''We also observed that many electoral officers could not locate the Polling Units where they were to conduct elections."
According to the group, there were cases in Abuja where polling officers actually commenced the conduct of elections in a different and wrong polling unit. Also, some voters could not locate their polling units as there were insufficient details on the PVCs and at INEC website.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, early on Wednesday, February 27, addressed Nigerians after he was declared the winner of the keenly contested presidential election between him and Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have upgraded to serve you better.
#Elections2019: INEC announces election results #2 - on Legit.ng TV