State Assembly Re-Run Election: Forget Tribunal If You Lose – Lawyer

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An Uyo based lawyer, Chief Anselem Eyo has advised candidates contesting for the state constituency seats in the forth coming re-run election in Akwa Ibom state to forget about going to the Election Petition Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election if they lose.
Chief Eyo who was speaking to The Sensor reporter on phone yesterday noted that so long as the card reader introduced by the Independent national Electoral commission, INEC, was not protected by law, it would amount to a waste of time for any aggrieved    candidate  to contest election results in the tribunal.
The legal practitioner explained that the introduction of the card reader by INEC was to ensure a credible election but expressed disappointment that INEC did not give the card reader a legal backing.
Eyo who cited the recent Supreme Court judgment which dismissed the card reader as the basis for annulling any election, said INEC could still conduct the forth coming election using the voters’ register.
According to him, the use of the card reader in the forth coming re-run election would not make the election credible.
The lawyer pointed out that people would still use the same crude method to win election as the use of the card reader would not make any difference.
He said as far as he was concerned, there was no need to challenge election result in the tribunal until there is a legal backing to the card reader.
“Anybody who loses does not stand any chance of succeeding at the tribunal because the card reader is not protected by law”, he warned.

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