Lagos: Court Orders INEC To Upload Gov’ship Election Results Immediately After Voting

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to electronically transmit results during the March 11 Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

The reports said that the Labour Party, its governorship candidate in Lagos, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour; and 37 others had filed a motion ex-parte marked: FHC/L/CS/370/2023.

In a ruling on Friday by the presiding judge, Justice Peter Lifu ruled that the electoral umpire to use the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) to upload a scanned copy of the EC8A to INEC’s Result Viewing portal (IReV).

The judge also ordered the results must be uploaded immediately after the completion of voting in all polling units, adding that the results sheet should be pasted in each PU after voting in the state.

Judge Lifu also issued a mandamus order mandating INEC to enforce Section 27(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 in the distribution of election materials by hiring impartial, qualified, and dependable logistic companies that are not partisan.

The presiding judge, therefore, fixed March 7 to hear the substantive matter.