- The governorship candidate in Imo state for the Action Alliance (AA) party has been granted leave to inspect election materials
- The leave was granted to Uche Nwosu by Justice M.O Adewara, the chairman of the panel for Governorship/House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal
- Nwosu will be able to inspect copy, photocopy and obtain certified true copies of all the electoral materials related to or in connection with the conduct of the election
Uche Nwosu, the governorship candidate in Imo state for the Action Alliance (AA) party on Wednesday, April 10, was granted leave by the election tribunal to inspect materials used in the state's 2019 gubernatorial polls.
The leave granted by the chairman of the panel for Governorship/House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Justice M.O Adewara will allow Nwosu and his party to inspect “copy, photocopy and obtain certified true copies of all the electoral materials related to or in connection with the conduct of the election.
The leave which is not also limited to used and unused ballot papers will allow the Imo state governorship candidate to inspect the voters' register and all the incident forms used during the election.
The tribunal said in its ruling: “Data of accredited voters as captured by all the smart card readers deployed during the 9th March, 2019 governorship election conducted in all the polling units in Imo State sorted out into Local Governments, Wards, Polling Units and voting points; record of ballot paper allocation to all the polling units in the election; the list of all presiding officers for all the units in the election.”
Also to be inspected are INEC manual and guidelines; the list of the polling agents submitted to INEC by all the political parties and every other electoral material used in the conduct of the election.
According to the Tribunal, the inspection of the materials is for the purpose of instituting, maintaining and prosecuting the petition and for the purpose of presenting same at the trial.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the coalition for civil society has petitioned the INEC over an alleged unlawful retention of certificate of return for the winner of the Imo north senatorial district election, Senator Benjamin Uwajimogwu.
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The petition that was addressed to the INEC chairman was jointly signed by Johnson Omede and Denielson Momoh, for the Conscience Nigeria, a CSO, which led the coalition.
The CSO in the petition submitted during a protest at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, urged INEC to disband the committee it had set up to look into the matter arising from the election, and issue certificate of return to Uwajimogu who was already declared winner of the election.
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