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It’s Only Presidential Election Result That Failed To Upload – INEC Presiding Officers Tell Court

On Monday, the three Presiding Officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) appeared before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) and expressed their frustration regarding the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) failing to transmit the results of the presidential election on election day.

They acknowledged that the results of the Senate and House of Representatives elections were successfully transmitted without any issues, but technical problems arose specifically during the transmission of the presidential poll results.

These Officers, who were summoned to testify, confirmed that the overall election process proceeded smoothly until the BVAS machines malfunctioned.

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The Court summoned three witnesses, namely Janet Nuhu Turaki, Christopher Bulus Ardo, and Victoria Sani, who served as Presiding Officers for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yobe, Bauchi, and Katsina States respectively. The summons was a result of a joint application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Abubakar Atiku, who wanted the witnesses to share their experiences regarding the transmission of election results during the previous presidential election.

During the hearing, Janet Turaki, the first witness, testified on behalf of former Vice President Abubakar Atiku. She stated that the voter accreditation process was successful, but difficulties arose when attempting to upload the election results. Turaki pointed out that while the results for the National Assembly election went smoothly, the presidential poll encountered issues and failed to function throughout the day. However, she informed the Court that the collated results on forms EC8A were signed by the party agents and herself as the INEC Presiding Officer.

Christopher Bulus Ardo, another witness, expressed his dissatisfaction with his role at INEC during the election. He was unable to transmit the presidential election results as required by law, which left him feeling unfulfilled in his assignment.

Victoria Sani, the third witness, admitted that she could not recall the winning candidate in the presidential poll in Katsina State. However, she emphasized that the inability to transmit the presidential aspect of the election on February 25th led to an unsatisfactory conclusion.

The proceedings on Monday were conducted by Eyitayo Jegede SAN, representing Abubakar Atiku and the PDP as the petitioners. Abubakar Mahmoud SAN represented INEC, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN represented President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Charles Edosomwen SAN represented the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, the Presiding Justice of the Court, scheduled the continuation of the hearing for June 20th.