A civil society, Coalition for Good Governance has stated that the judgement of the Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal calls for the credibility of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
A statement issued by Tayo Adegbemle, the Convener and Executive Director of the group calls on INEC to do all within it’s powers to restore the people’s confidence in the electoral votes and the umpires itself.
The statement reads “the recent judgment by the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal given on Friday, 26th January, 2023, and which totally ignored the results as presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and admitted by the Tribunal, has really called into question, the credibility of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, BVAS, and this is against the backdrop that the INEC has touted the BVAS as an unbreakable system that prevents any form of electoral malpractice.
“Calling into question the credibility of the BVAS is invariably calling into question the credibility of the July 2022 Osun State Election, and by extension, the upcoming February General Elections.
“You will recall that the Tribunal delivered its judgement without regards to the BVAS report as submitted by INEC, and admitted by the same court.
“The Osun election winner cannot be determined without reference to the BVAS machine and the accreditation forms , forms EC8A among others. The judgement cannot stand as it turned blind eye to primary source of electoral data
“We, at the Coalition for Good Governance (C4GG), therefore calls on INEC to do all within it’s powers to restore the people’s confidence in the electoral votes and the umpires itself.
“It is also a good thing that adjudged winners of the 2022 Osun State Election has gone ahead to the Appeal Court to seek redress and to help restore confidence in Nigeria’s electoral system.”
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