The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has discountenanced the ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja which reportedly invalidated the 2011 general elections.
The commission, in a press statement signed by the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, stated that the 2011 elections were not affected by the court ruling as the commission did not use the controversial ballot boxes.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on June 5 ruled that, following an application filed by Bedding Holdings Limited, any action taken by INEC in using “transparent ballot boxes” was null and void.
While Mr. Idowu admitted that INEC did use transparent ballot boxes for the 2011 elections, he said the ballot boxes used by INEC were different from the “plastic transparent ballot boxes with steel frames,” that Bedding Holdings had proprietary rights over.
The judgment “has nothing to do with the polythene, collapsible transparent ballot boxes used for the 2011 General Elections and all other elections conducted since then, including the impending Edo State Governorship Election,” Mr. Idowu stated.
Mr. Idowu said that the last time INEC used the controversial ballot boxes was during the 2003 general elections.
“For avoidance of doubt, INEC no longer uses the ballot boxes in dispute, and so the judgment could not have affected the 2011 General Elections or, indeed, subsequent ones,” he said.