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INEC not required to transmit poll results electronically – Tribunal declares

The Presidential Election Petition Court has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was at liberty to transmit results however it wanted, and not only electronically.

Peter Obi and the Labour Party in their petition challenging the victory of Bola Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election argued that the electoral body, INEC failed to transmit election results from the polling units to the collation centres electronically.

However, the court on Wednesday said there was nowhere in law where INEC was only required to transmit results by electronic means.

The defendant is at liberty to decide how it would transmit election results, the court held.

It further held that there is no requirement for INEC to electronically transmit the results of the election.

Earlier, the court held that it was irrelevant that President Bola Tinubu failed to score 25% of the votes cast in at least two-thirds of the states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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