Landmark Decision Upholds Presidential Election Result
In a pivotal ruling, the Supreme Court has declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) failure to transmit election results live did not impact the outcome of the election, as the IREV (INEC Results Viewing Portal) is not a results collation system. The seven-member panel, led by Justice Inyang Okoro, emphasized that this omission does not warrant the nullification of the presidential election results.
Justice Okoro delivered the lead judgment in the appeal brought forth by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “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 favor of the respondents,” Justice Okoro declared.
Furthermore, Justice Okoro clarified that the matter of IREV is only relevant when hard copies of the results do not exist. He noted that Atiku failed to present original or duplicate copies of results demonstrating non-compliance.
Addressing another aspect of the appeal, Justice Okoro dismissed the significance of the 25 percent requirement for Abuja, deeming it a non-issue. The ruling sets a precedent for the interpretation of election-related technology and procedures, shaping the landscape for future electoral disputes.
This decision by the Supreme Court carries significant implications for the electoral process, reinforcing the principle that certain technicalities, such as the non-transmission of live results through IREV, do not undermine the validity of election outcomes.
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