The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) has held that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cannot be compelled to transmit election results electronically.
The court further held that the petitioner, Labour Party can not raise the issue because it has not appealed the judgement of the federal high court on the issue, therefore the decision is still biding
Presiding justices Haruna Tsammani said that besides the decision of the federal high court, neither the electoral Act 2022 nor INEC manure specifically provided for electronic transmission.
“Nothing in the Electoral Act 2022 specifically states that BVAS should be used to transmit election result,” He said.
The court said INEC has elated to transmit results manually from the polling unit to the ward collation centre, then from ward to local government, from local governments to state, and finally to the federal.
The court also held that the petitioner failed to prove that the system was deliberately programmed the INEC to manipulate or rig the election.