The Labour Party (LP) have lost a suit compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt the electronic transmission of the 2023 election results.
Justice Emeka Nwite of a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed the case, stating the Section 52(2) of the Electoral Act, 2022, cited by counsel to the LP, Monday Mawah, provided for voting and transmission of results in accordance with the procedure to be determined by INEC.
The judge went on to further state that the commission is at liberty to prescribe or choose the manner in which election results shall be transmitted.
The LP had sought two injunctive reliefs, the first was that INEC has no power to opt for a manual method other than the electronic method.
While the second is for the court to order the electoral commission to only use electronic transmission of results in the 2023 elections.
The LP argued that the manual collation of results was unknown to the Electoral Act, 2022 and therefore must be rejected or disallowed by the court.
However, the commission neither responded nor filed any process in the suit.