Anambra polls tribunal: Ngige identifies INEC voters’ registers

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BY  NWABUEZE  OKONKWO

ONITSHA—Senator Chris Ngige, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2013 governorship elections in Anambra State, yesterday, entered the witness box and commenced his evidence-in-chief at the Elections Tribunal sitting in Awka.

Ngige, who identified both the electronic and printed copies of INEC voters’ registers, also identified the list of ad-hoc staff of INEC used for the election.
He also presented a protest letter he wrote to INEC seeking the cancellation of the governorship election, following alleged irregularities in the election process.

Objecting to the admissibility of a copy of the letter by Ngige, the lead counsel to INEC, Patrick Ikwueto, SAN, said the letter did not meet the provisions of section 102 (e) of the Evidence Act.

Ikweto said the only letter admissible in civil proceedings was a certified true copy, which, upon receipt by INEC, had become a public document and what Ngige was presenting could not serve as a counterpart of the said letter.

Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, counsel to Ngige, argued that a private document submitted to a public body should not become a public document in its own hand.

He further said INEC had refused to produce the certified true copy of the letter  submitted to it as they had applied through the tribunal to INEC for the copy in a letter dated March 18, 2014 which INEC received on March 20, 2014. Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ishaq Bello, reserved ruling for today.

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