… Secures Court Order To Obtain Election Materials
Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
The Imo State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital has granted the requests of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP), and its candidate for Okigwe State Constituency, in the April 11, 2015 House of Assembly election in the state to inspect and obtain certified true copies of election materials used for the election. The PDP and its candidate had through their counsel, C. E. Ekeoma, sought the leave of the court to order the inspection of electoral materials used for the Okigwe State constituency election in Imo State.
In the motion on notice filed on May 28, 2015, counsel to the PDP candidate, Chief Okey Uduh, Ekeoma, prayed the court for an order allowing them inspect and obtain the electoral materials related to the conduct of the April 11, 2015 House of Assembly election in Okigwe State Constituency.
He begged the court to order the inspection of card readers and records of electoral materials used in all the polling units in the constituency in the said election, and the list of the polling agents submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC by all political parties for the purpose of presenting same at the trials. The counsel also pleaded for an order allowing the petitioners to carry out a recount of the ballot papers used at the said election in the constituency and to present the results of the re-count at the tribunal as part of the proceedings amongst other pleas.
In a short ruling delivered by the chairman of the tribunal on July 3, 2015, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed, the tribunal granted the requests of the applicants to inspect and obtain certified true copies of all the documents applied for excluding copy and photocopy of the documents. The tribunal also granted the petitioners the leave to argue the application before the pre-hearing session and adjourned till July 16, 2015. The PDP candidate in the election, Chief Uduh dragged INEC, APC and the Speaker of the state house of assembly, Chief Acho Ihim, before the tribunal to challenge his victory at the April 11 election in the constituency.