"Review Outcome of Legislative Bye-Elections In Cross River and Imo State" - Coalition Of United Political Parties Urges INEC

spokesman of the group, Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere

As reactions continue to trail the outcome of the just-concluded legislative bye-elections in Imo and Cross River State on the 26th of February, 2022, The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have called on INEC to urgently review the results as indicated in the newly signed electoral act 2022.

The spokesman of the group, Mr. Ikenga Ugochinyere urged the Independent body to as a matter of urgency activates section 65. (1) of the Act, which provides that The decision of the returning officer shall be final on any question arising from or relating to (a) unmarked ballot paper; (b) rejected ballot paper; and (c) declaration of scores of candidates and the return of a candidate.

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According to him, the Commission has the power within seven days to review the declaration and return where the Commission determines that the said declaration and return was not made voluntarily or was made contrary to the provisions of the law, regulations and guidelines for the election.

In Ogoja/Yala, where the APC led government forced INEC staff to open the BVAS machines to enable them to access the number of accredited voters and thumbprints.  They also forced the INEC staff to transmit the results in their favour, which should be reviewed

The group called on INEC to check the election materials that were sent to the two states, to ensure that the number of accredited voters from the BVAS tallies with the total number of ballot papers in the ballot boxes.

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INEC must bring all perpetrators to book if it is truly determined to curb election irregularities and violence in our democracy, and being the first election since the act was signed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, let the law take its course.

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