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Labour Party, LP Responds to Governorship Election Postponement and BVAS Inspection Failure



Labour Party, LP Responds to Governorship Election Postponement and BVAS Inspection Failure

The Labour Party, LP has chastised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for delaying gubernatorial and state assembly elections.

According to TopNaija, the electoral tribunal said in a statement on Wednesday night that the polls will not take place on March 11th, as previously planned.

After the court judgment on the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, INEC announced that the gubernatorial elections will henceforth be held on March 18, 2023. (BVAS).

The electoral commission also said that gubernatorial campaigns will continue until Thursday, March 16, 2023, at midnight.

However, in an interview with reporters in Abuja on Thursday, Labour Party, LP National Chairman Julius Abure said that Nigerians can no longer trust and have faith in INEC after the conduct of the February 25 presidential election.

The LP chairman emphasized that INEC failed to fulfill on its promise of holding a free, fair, and credible election and that its subsequent actions shown that it cannot be trusted.

Abure went on to say that he was one of those who had implicit faith in INEC chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu’s capacity to deliver based on his repeated promises that the commission would rigorously follow to its rules.

The Labour Party, LP chairman also voiced concern over the court’s refusal to grant the party’s request to review the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) utilized in the presidential election.

He said:Our major concern is that aspect (of the Appeal Court ruling) which granted INEC the opportunity not to allow us to inspect the BVAS. Our concern really stems from the fact that INEC these days is not to be trusted. INEC will make a promise from one side of the mouth and then swallow their vomit from the other.

“Recall that in 2019, INEC promised that it had a server only for those servers not to be available when litigants wanted to inspect the server that they claimed they had.

“INEC had gone out of their way to assure and reassure Nigerians again and again that election results will be uploaded from polling units to their server and that people are going to view these results from their server but you could see that when it was time for people to start uploading the results, INEC said it had a technical glitch even when they had explained to Nigerians that they had backup that will roll off into work immediately when the main server had a technical issue.

“All of these bring us to the point that even though INEC had assured us and the courts in their counter affidavits that the records in the BVAS will be saved in their backend server we have our doubts because this is not the first time INEC will be telling us that they have a server, they will upload to their server and so on and so forth.

“But the Court in their wisdom has given them privilege and you can see, immediately they got that judgment, they shifted the elections.”

Abure said INEC should not have sought relief at the court or filed various applications if the Commission knew it was going to postpone the governorship and state assembly polls.

He added: If they knew they were going to postpone the governorship election for a week why did they go to court to vary the order given to us to inspect materials?

“There was absolutely no need for it because one of the reasons they gave to the court was that if they allowed us to inspect the BVAS it would affect the timeline for the election but surprisingly, after getting the court to grant them the request to reconfigure the BVAS they immediately shifted the election.

“One had a lot of doubts about the patriotism, commitment, truthfulness and integrity of this INEC to do what is right.

“The way and manner they conducted the last election has completely destroyed the confidence which I had in INEC. Let’s see what stories they will come up with tomorrow.

“Tomorrow is here it’s not far. Since the court gave the order for INEC to allow us inspect materials, INEC has not allowed us.

“We have not been able to inspect, our lawyers have been going there every day, our technical experts have been going there on daily basis and we have not been allowed access.

“At times you begin to wonder whether this INEC is working for Nigerians or some persons somewhere.

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