Thursday, 5 May 2016

PLATEAU: MWANSAT VS DASHE: ADOPTION OF FINAL ADDRESSES FIXED FOR 2nd JUNE



By: Valentine Adese, Alfred Saiki and Ifeanyi Okonkwo

The Tribunal hearing the petition No: EPT/PL/SHA/9/2016, filed by Hon. Mwansat Caleb and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the victory of Hon. Gideon Dashe of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the recently conducted rerun election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been adjourned to 2nd June, 2016 for adoption of Counsel final addresses.


Before the adjournment at the hearing today, INEC had called two witnesses, one Kingsley Magbuin, who was a supervisory presiding officer at the rerun election and Mr. Yagba Kundu, the head of operations in Jos INEC.


Mr. Kingsley who is also a Legal Practitioner told the Tribunal that he was present throughout the rerun election at Pyabor Polling Unit and that what he deposed to in his witness statement dated 29th March, 2016, was his personal observation of the election.

He said as the Supervising Officer, the Presiding Officer is under his office and that he did not receive any complain concerning the election from him, or anybody.

Mr. Kundu told the Tribunal that the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) is a continuous exercise of INEC and that for the purpose of the rerun election in Pankshin South, the distribution of PVCs was issued in excess of 813.

Mr. Kundu who identified exhibit 3R3 being an update of the PVCs distributed as at 15/02/2016, said the PVCs distributed for the rerun in Pankshin was 1200 and the total number of registered voters was 1238.

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