- Management Trainee
By Okey Maduforo (Awka)
The order by Anambra State Electoral Petitions Tribunal that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should inspect electoral materials used in the November 16, 2013 gubernatorial election in the state is causing apprehension at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This apprehension was a product of alleged irregularities perpetrated by the ad hoc staff of the commission who, it was gathered, did not take the oath of neutrality before taking part in the exercise.
University students, who were ad hoc staff of the commission, were hurriedly signing document of the oath of neutrality.
But the public relations officer for (INEC), Mr. Frank Agbo, denied this allegation, contending that it is unfounded, saying; “I left our office minutes ago and on my way to Enugu, I can tell you authoritatively that there was no such thing at INEC office. Why are people fabricating lies against the commission? Where is the information coming from? Honestly, there was nothing like that.”
The Election Petitions Tribunal headed by Justice G.K Kaigama had granted the application filed by the APC and its candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, to inspect copies of electoral documents used in the election.
The documents include the voters register, result sheets, form EC 17 for oath of neutrality by the staff, used and unused ballot papers, list of all ad hoc and permanent staff used in the election.
Other documents include staff payment vouchers for settlements of allowances of the ad hoc staff among others, which the Judge ordered INEC to produce to enable the petition to move expeditiously.