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BVAS: Appeal Court to rule on INEC’s application Wednesday



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The Court of Appeal, Abuja, will on Wednesday deliver a ruling in an application filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking leave to configure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the governorship election.

INEC had in its motion dated March 4 asked the appellate court to vary the ex parte order made in favour of the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the inspection of materials used for last month’s presidential election.

The court on March 3 granted leave to the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi, to inspect election materials used by INEC for the election.

The INEC Counsel, Tanimu Inuwa (SAN), had in a notice said the application became necessary following an order restraining the commission from tampering with the information embedded in the BVAS machines until the inspection was conducted and certified by all parties.

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He added that INEC would require sufficient time to reconfigure the BVAS for the Saturday elections.

He told the court that INEC would upload the results from the backend.

In his argument, counsel for Obi, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), urged the court to reject the INEC’s application.

He said: “All we are seeking is for a physical inspection of the BVAS so that the evidence is obtained before it will be configured.”

The three-member panel of the appellate court after listening to their submissions adjourned till Wednesday for ruling on the matter.

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