Presidential election petitions tribunal sitting at the Court of Appeal, Abuja has been urged by President Muhammadu Buhari to grant access to inspect electoral materials used for the presidential election that was held on Saturday, February 23.
Daily Trust reports that the request by President Buhari was brought on Thursday, March 14, through an exparte application by his lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
The application, which is attached to the provisions of Section 151 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, is asking the Court of Appeal to make the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow access to inspect and make copies of the documents and to be certified as true copies by the electoral umpire.
The application followed similar request by the candidate of the PDP in the election, Atiku Abubakar, to compel INEC to produce the voters register, the smart card reader machines, ballot papers, site back ends, and other sensitive materials for inspection and scanning.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported that the presidential election petition tribunal in Abuja sitting in Abuja granted the Atiku, access to the presidential election material.
Justice Abdul Aboki who led the panel ordered the INEC to allow Atiku access to all electoral materials to enable him file electoral petition.
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The panel, however, denied the former vice president his request to be able to scan and carry out a forensic audit on the basis that “a forensic audit does not fall under the terms envisaged by section 151 of the electoral act."
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