EDO STATE: Tribunal turns down PDP’s application to recount ballot papers

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The Election Petition Tribunal in Benin on Tuesday turned down an application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to recount ballot papers used during the March 9 National Assembly election for Etsako Federal Constituency.

The petitioner, Blessing Agbomere is challenging the declaration of Mr Johnson Oghuma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election.

In the application, the PDP’s candidate had requested for the recounting and fingerprint assessment of the ballot papers used for the poll.

But the Tribunal Chairman, Justice O. Ogundana, dismissed the plea of the petitioner.

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The tribunal held that there was no provision in the Electoral Act as amended for the recounting of ballot papers after declaration of election results.

“At the place of voting, the polling officers can allow the agents to count.

“Recounting and fingerprint assessment does not have any correlation with errors or miscalculation; as a result, the application lacks merit and is hereby dismissed,” the judge said.

The tribunal subsequently announced June 11 for the commencement of substantive hearing on the petition.

By Babatunde Alao…

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