Trouble postponed? Court may annul election
Justice Ademola Adeniyi, of the Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application to stop INEC from using the Smart Card Reader Machines for the presidential election holding tomorrow. But that is not the trouble.
The court however stated that even though the application was rejected, if it eventually ascertains that the use of the card readers were illegal and unconstitutional, it will not hesitate to annul the outcome of the general election.
The application was sought by a Senatorial candidate of the PDP, in Ogun state, Mr. Walihu Taiwo
The court however summoned both the electoral body and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, to appear before it on April 24 to address it on the legality or otherwise of the use of the card readers for a general election.
Meanwhile, INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega says the results of the presidential elelction will be ready within 48 hours after voting.
Jega stated this on Friday, at a joint press briefing with the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawumi, adding, that electoral body has put everything in place to ensure a hitch free exercise.
He said that the use of the card reader and the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) will make it easier for the commission to conduct an election that will be free, fair and credible in line with international best practices.
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