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MUST Questions for Iwu at tribunal

( The Questions Iwu must answer – Atiku )


- Nation

( Monday, January 28, 2008 )

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"Did you obtain a destination inspection report before taking delivery of the ballot papers? " -Atiku


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wants the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, to provide answers to these questions, at the Presidential election Petitions Tribunal. They are:

1. Did you award a fresh contract for printing of ballot papers for the presidential election, less than 5 days to the date of the election?

2. If, yes, did you not award the said contract to a company in South Africa after the company originally contracted, declined on the ground that the delivery deadline was unrealistic if the ballots must carry serial numbers, and in booklet forms with counterfeits?

3. If you deny that the contract was re-awarded to a different company less than 5 days to the election for reasons stated in question No.2, what was the reason for re-awarding the printing contact less than 5 days to the date of the presidential election?

4. Did you not agree with the second company that printed the ballot papers less than five days to the election to print same without serial numbers and booklet forms with counterfoils?

5. If you answer No to question number 4, have you annexed to the said answer your contract documents evidencing the terms on which the ballot papers were to be printed?

6. When (date and time of arrival) were the ballot papers airfreighted to Nigeria , on which airline and in what quantity?

7. Did you obtain a destination inspection report before taking delivery of the ballot papers?

8. Have you annexed copies of the destination inspection report of each such delivery to your answer?

9. How many days did it take INEC to take full delivery of the ballot papers from the airport? By what means did you ascertain the total number of ballot papers supplied by the contractor in South Africa ?

10.Did the ballot papers used in the presidential election of 21st April 2007, have serial numbers, or counterfoils and made in booklet forms?

11.How many ballot papers did you supply to each of the Resident Electoral Commissioners in each of the following states for the conduct of the presidential elections, namely: Anambra, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Osun and Zamfara.

12. If you indicate the figures of ballot papers supplied to each resident electoral commissioner in respect of the states listed in question No. 10, above, have •you supplied the Form ECAO duly signed by the commissioners and/or witnessed by party agents in respect of the supply of such ballot papers to each state?

13.Do you have record of true identity by name of the Electoral Officers who received the ballot papers, the quantity received by the electoral officer and the time of receipt, as well as evidence that such receipt was witnessed by party agents other than the agents of Peoples Democratic Party?

14. If you answer yes, can you give, and if so have you supplied, the names of the other party, agents and their parties apart from POP who witnessed the distribution and delivery of the said ballot papers in each local government area of the states listed, in question No.10 above.

15.If you answer yes to any of the sub-questions in twelve (12) and thirteen (13) above, have you annexed to your answer the documents evidencing the record, in respect of each of the local government areas.

16.Did you publish list of candidates standing nominated to contest the presidential election of 21st April, 2007 as mandatorily required by the Electoral Act?

17. If yes, on what date was the publication and have you annexed a certified true copy of same to your answer?

18. Did you communicate to the petitioners or to the public, the fact that the name of 1 st and 2nd Petitioners had been restored to the list of candidates after the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on Tuesday 16th April, 2007?

19. If you answer question 16, yes, on what date did you publish a fresh list of candidates standing nominated to contest the presidential election inclusive of 1st Petitioner?

20.On what date did you display the voters registers used for the presidential election and up till what date did you sustain the display?

21.Was there' objection to the list, and if so, did you indicate in your, answer the correction made' to the list, in respect of each of the states listed in question no. 10.

22. Did you award, or authorize the award of a contract for the erection of voting cubkles to be used for thumb-printing ballot papers in secret before dropping same in the ballot boxes in the open, in any of the polling stations during the presidential election?

23. How much was the contract, and to whom was the contract awarded?

24. Was the contract executed?

25.If yes, can you list the locations of the polling units in each of the states mentioned in question no. 10 where such voting cubicles were erected?

26. Have you annexed to your answer the certificate of completion issued to the said contractor showing that it had performed the contract?

Source: The Nation

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