The election petition tribunal sitting in Kano has denied the application filed by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to obtain forensic evidence and scanned copies of electoral materials.
In her ruling, Justice Halima Shamaki told the court that premising on section 151 subsections 5 of the electoral Act, the court is not allowed to authorise forensic and scanned copies of materials used during the March 9th and 23rd gubernatorial election in Kano.
Justice Shamaki however granted the PDP permission to access photocopies of the needed materials.
She urged all parties involved to deliberate and draw out schedules on modalities and time limit for the inspection.
PLATINUM POST recalls that counsel to PDP, Maliki Kuliya Umar yesterday filed a motion on notice demanding the court to grant more time to access, obtain forensic and scanned copies of electoral materials.
A motion that the All Progressive Congress (APC) Aliyu Umar SAN insisted the tribunal lacks the power to grant PDP’s application.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had also opposed PDP’s application noting that accessing photocopies of electoral materials is in the public domain and could be obtained with or without court process.
PDP had obtained orders from the tribunal to access the materials with all parties to observe the process.
But the opposition party is demanding extension of the orders after exhausting 20 days