An Abuja division of the Federal High Court has dismissed a suit filed by the Labour Party (LP) seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt electronic method in transmitting 2023 gubernatorial election results.
Justice Emeka Nwite, who dismissed the suit, held that Section 52(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022, provided for voting and transmission of results in accordance with the procedure to be determined by INEC.
In his interpretation, Justice Nwite explained that it is within the powers of the electoral umpire to prescribe or choose the manner in which election results shall be transmitted. He said:
“I find that by the provisions of Sections 50(2) and 60(5) of the Electoral Act, 2022, the correct interpretation of the said statutes is that the defendant (Independent National Electoral Commission) is at liberty to prescribe the manner in which election results could be transmitted.”