December 3, 2023

INEC not mandated to transmit election results electronically – tribunal

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT), chaired by Justice Haruna Tsammani, ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not mandated to disseminate election results electronically.

The five-man panel stated this while delivering its judgment on Wednesday in Abuja.

Justice Haruna Tsammani said, “There is no provision for the electronic transmission of election results in the Electoral Act 2022.”

On the mode of transmission of election results, the tribunal said the electoral umpire has the right to define the mode it intends to use.

“By the provision of Section 52 and Section 65 of the Electoral Act, INEC is at liberty to prescribe the manner in which result can be transmitted. INEC cannot be compelled to electronically transmit result,” the court held.” The court said.

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