July 23, 2024
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BIVAS: Court of Appeal fixed wednesday to consider merit of reconfiguration request by INEC.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has slated Wednesday to consider the merit of the application the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, filed to be allowed to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, it used for the just concluded presidential election.

A three-member panel of the appellate court adjourned to rule on the application, on a day the Labour Party, and its candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, filed a fresh application to be allowed to conduct a physical inspection of all the BVAS that was used for the presidential poll.

Obi and Labour Party, through their team of lawyers led by Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu, said the essence of the application was to enable them to extract data embedded in the BVAS, which represent the actual results from Polling Units.

They equally applied to obtain the Certified True Copy, of all the data in the BVAS.

However, INEC, through its team of lawyers comprising of four Senior Advocates of Nigeria, led by Mr. Tanimu Inuwa, urged the court to refuse the application.
INEC insisted that granting the request by Obi and Labour Party would affect its preparations for the impending Governorship and National Assembly elections.

It told the court that there are about 176, 000 BVAS that were deployed to polling units during the presidential election.

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