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Presidential poll: Group sues INEC, demands officials prosecution – Punch Newspapers

A group, Govindex Leadership, Empowerment and Development Foundation, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission to court over the commission’s alleged failure to comply with the relevant laws in the conduct of the February 25 presidential election.

The group, in its suit, argued that INEC failed to not comply with Section 160(1) of the 1999 Constitution and sections 60(5) and 148 of the Electoral Act 2022.

In the suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, the group, through its lawyer, Ifeanyi Nrialike, is demanding the prosecution of INEC officials who allegedly compromised the integrity of the February 25 presidential election.

The foundation and six other plaintiffs are asking INEC, the sole defendant in the suit, to compile a list of its staff and ad hoc, who conducted the February 25  presidential and parliamentary elections for criminal prosecution.

They insisted that the electoral body deliberately carried out an infraction on the constitution and the Electoral Act, saying it would amount to disregard for the rule of law if the erring INEC officials were not brought to justice.

They are demanding that INEC  electronically transmit election results through its “Bimodal Voter Accreditation System  or any other technology, especially the Result Viewing Portal.”

They are seeking prosecution of those who flouted the Electoral Act by not “uploading the results immediately and in real-time after completion of the polling units voting.”

In the originating summons, the plaintiffs urged the court to direct the office of the Inspector General of Police to investigate the officials within 14 days.

The court has yet to fix a date for the hearing in the suit.

Meanwhile, another non-governmental organisation, Centre For Transparency and Advocacy, has called for arrest of politicians, who displayed their ballot paper after casting their votes during the presidential election.

Speaking at the stakeholders round-table advocacy meeting, titled, “Towards the 2023 governorship and House Assembly elections”, in Asaba, the Executive Director of CTA, Faith Nwadishi, said the politicians deliberately run foul of the electoral laws, by showing members of the public the party they voted.

Nwadishi also decried the violence that the country witness before and after the polls, saying, “It is important at this juncture to remind the politicians of the peace accord that they voluntarily signed. This has become important as the heat of the elections and campaigns have intensified. Over 52 election-related acts of violence were recorded in 22 states before the general elections.

“This number is scary and must not be allowed to fester. We call on politicians to respect the peace accord that they voluntarily signed, rein in their supporters, respect other candidates, not use abusive words and, above all, to shun violence as we have only one country that we can call our own.”

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