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IREV not a collation system – Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has held that the failure by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to transmit election results live did not affect the outcome of the election as the IREV is not a results collation system.

The seven-member panel presided by Justice Inyang Okoro said the non-transmission of the results could not warrant the nullification of the result of the presidential election.

Justice Okoro read the lead judgment in the appeal by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

“It is my opinion that the failure to transmit results to the IREV did not affect the result of the election. This issue is resolved in favour of the respondents,” Justice Okoro held.

Justice Okoro further held that the issue of IREV can only arise where the hard copy of the results do not exist.

Moreso, he held that Atiku did not tender original or duplicate copies of results that shows the non-compliance.

Justice Okoro also dismissed the issue of the 25 percent requirement for Abuja as a non-issue.

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