INEC Asks Tribunal to Vary Inspection Order Granted Atiku, Obi
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has asked the Presidential Election Petition Court to vary the orders granted to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party candidates, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, respectively, to inspect materials used for the last presidential election.
INEC filed a motion on notice on March 4 seeking a variation of the order that restrained it from tampering with materials used for the election, arguing that it needed to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System for the next round of elections.
The court had granted permission to Atiku and Obi to inspect election materials used by INEC in the February 25 presidential election, following two separate ex parte applications they filed.
INEC is urging the court to vary the order to allow it to reconfigure BVAS machines for the March 11 governorship and state houses of assembly elections.
According to a source within INEC, failure to get the order could result in postponing the elections.