Tribunal To Hear Sylva’s Application To Inspect Election Materials on Thursday
The Balyesa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will on Thursday hear an application filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timipre Sylva, to inspect election materials used for the December 5th 2015 and January 9th 2016 governorship election.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kazeem Alogba, fixed the hearing of the application following the agreement by the party’s suit.
Among the materials sought to be inspected are the ballot papers, Form C4 and duplicate copy of the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Seriake Dickson.
At the opening of the proceedings Justice Alogba heard some of the applications filed by the parties in the petition.
The tribunal however deferred hearing in two applications; first, an application challenging the competence of some portions of the petition filed by Mr Sylva which it adjourned to April 7th and one filed by counsel to Mr Sylva asking the tribunal to allow him inspect the election materials used for the governorship election.
Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who told the court, he did not object to the request, however, asked for 14 days to enable the election umpire comply with the directive, if granted in favour of the petition.
The tribunal also heard the application filed by a faction of the Action Alliance Party challenging the petition filed by another faction of the party against the election of Governor Dickson.
A faction led by the National Legal Adviser of the party, Anaukyaa Peter, distanced the party from the petition and demanded a withdrawal of the petition on the grounds that the national leadership of the party did not authorize the filing of the petition.
However another faction of the party, which filed the said petition, led by the National Chairman of the party, Reverend Johnson Ayozie, insisted that the other faction lacked the locus standi to seek for the withdrawal of a petition they did not file.
He therefore asked the tribunal to refuse the application of the faction led by the National Legal Adviser and allow their petition to be determined by the tribunal.