The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised the public to disregard a report that a Federal High Court has invalidated the 2011 general elections.
A statement issued on Wednesday by Mr Kayode Idowu, INEC Chief Press Secretary, said the judgment was in respect of a suit filed by Bedding Holdings Limited over the patent on transparent ballot boxes used in the past by the commission.
It said the judgment only asserted the right of patent by the plaintiff, Bedding Holdings Limited, to plastic transparent ballot boxes with steel frames used by INEC in the 2003 general elections.
The statement said the judgment had 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 governorship election.
It said that INEC no longer used the ballot boxes in dispute therefore the judgment could not have affected the 2011 elections or subsequent ones.
``The court also granted an order of perpetual injunction concerning “electronic collapsible transparent ballot boxes’’ which the commission was not using and had no intention of using in the forthcoming Edo governorship elections. (NAN)