…By Larry John for TDPel Media.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) in Abuja has dismissed an application submitted by Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, seeking permission to interrogate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) regarding the technology used in the February 25th general elections.
Obi’s Application for INEC Interrogation:
Peter Obi had filed an application at the tribunal, requesting that INEC be compelled to respond to 12 specific questions listed in an interrogatory he submitted on May 22.
Among the inquiries, Obi sought information on the date of the functionality test conducted on the supposed improved technological system used by INEC for the elections.
He also asked for the names and details of those involved in conducting the test.
Key Questions and Objections Raised:
In addition to the functionality test, Obi urged the court to compel INEC to provide answers to several other questions related to technical glitches during the transmission of election results.
These questions included the time of the technical glitch occurrence, the time of resolution, the percentage of results uploaded on the I-Rev platform, and the discrepancies between the Presidential Election and National Assembly Elections in terms of glitches.
Ruling on the Application and Permission for Video Evidence:
All respondents, including INEC, the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, and Kashim Shettima, requested the dismissal of the application due to lack of competence.
On Saturday, the five-member panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani struck out the application, stating that it was filed beyond the pre-hearing period.
However, the tribunal granted Peter Obi and the LP permission to present two video recordings as evidence in the open court.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal denied Peter Obi’s application to interrogate INEC regarding the technology used in the general elections.
The tribunal ruled that the application was filed outside the pre-hearing period.
However, it granted permission for Obi to present video evidence during the proceedings.
This decision adds an interesting dimension to the ongoing election petition case, as it highlights the importance of the technological aspects and glitches that occurred during the electoral process.
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