Ballot Boxes Row: INEC Loses Bid To Stay Judgment

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, have lost out in their bid to stay a judgment which inhibited them from further using transparent ballot boxes for polls without the consent of the patent right owner.

Justice Adamu Bello, the presiding judge in the Abuja Federal High Court, in a ruling on Tuesday, denied the application by INEC and Jega, seeking a stay of execution of the judgment pending the determination of their appeal.

The Judge had in the judgment given on June 5, 2012 in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/82/11 held among others, that the plaintiff, Bedding Holding Limited owns valid and subsisting patent rights over transparent ballot boxes and electronic collapsible transparent ballot boxes being used for polls in the country.

Justice Bello granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants and any other person from utilizing or dealing with the patented boxes of the plaintiff “except with the express and prior consent, license and authority of the plaintiff to that effect.”

Dismissing INEC and Jega’s application on Tuesday, the judge held that the reliefs granted in the judgment were mainly declarative and were not capable of being stayed.




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