Election Tribunal: BVAS Failed To Transmit Results- INEC Staffs

Two Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad-hoc staff members, who were summoned as witnesses by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), acknowledged that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) failed to transmit the election results after collation. Friday Egwuma and Grace Timothy, the witnesses, testified before the Presidential Election Petition Court, stating that the BVAS machine assigned to them encountered a system error immediately after transmitting the results for the Senate and House of Representatives portions of the election. In their testimony, the two INEC workers explained that they had to find alternative methods to obtain the results when it became apparent that the BVAS machines would not assist them. Egwuma served as a Presiding Officer in a polling unit in Abia State, while Grace Timothy worked for INEC in Plateau State.

In addition to the BVAS machines’ failure to transmit the presidential election results, the witnesses admitted that voting proceeded smoothly at their respective workplaces. They were questioned by Atiku’s lead counsel, Chief Chris Uche SAN, during their testimony. During cross-examination by Abubakar Mahmud SAN, who represented the electoral body, Egwuma clarified that he resorted to an offline system instead of relying on the BVAS machines.

Grace Timothy, in her testimony, informed the court that the greatest challenge she encountered during the election was uploading the presidential election results into the I-rev portal. The witnesses were also cross-examined by Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, representing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, who represented the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Meanwhile, the Presiding Justice of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, adjourned the hearing of the petition to June 9.

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