Former minister of aviation Chief Osita Chidoka has requested the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to make available to him comprehensive accreditation data from the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines used in the conduct of last Saturday’s governorship election in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi States.
Chidoka made the request through the official submission of a Freedom of Information, FOI.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by Ikechukwu Okafor, Media Assistant to Chidoka.
According to the statement, the request has been officially received and acknowledged by INEC.
“The acknowledgement of this request by INEC marks a crucial step in our collective pursuit of an accountable electoral system as it embodies our unwavering commitment to ensuring that our democratic processes reflect the people’s true will.
“I stand determined to fully pursue justice and transparency. Should INEC not respond substantively within the seven-day period mandated by law, I am prepared to initiate legal proceedings”, Chidoka said
Chidoka further disclosed that some lawyers are on standby to pursue legal enforcement of his right to information under the FOIA if necessary, saying they are ready to take the necessary steps to protect the sanctity of votes and democratic values.