JUST IN: Tribunal Reject Atiku’s Claim On Usage Of Central Serve By INEC

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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has said that the claim by the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, that the Independent National Electoral Commission used a central server for the collation and transmission of 2019 election results was false.

Atiku and PDP claimed that they got higher votes than President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC in the result obtained from INEC server from adhoc staff of the commission.

The tribunal said that the petitioner failed to establish the claim of electronic transmission and collation of election results from different levels in his petition and that the evidence submitted by the petitioner to substantiate the allegation could not be relied upon.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, held that “the petitioners have not proved this aspect of their case.
“There is no such statutory backing for electronic transmission of results,” he said. He said there is no provision in the INEC Manual and the Electoral Act, 2010 for the transmission of results electronically “to any server through the smart card reader.”

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