Inec Heads To Supreme Court Over Appeal Court Ruling On Party De-Registration

Inec Heads To Supreme Court Over Appeal Court Ruling On Party De-Registration

INEC heads to Supreme Court over Appeal Court ruling on party de-registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday night said it has received the judgement of the Court of Appeal delivered in an Appeal filed by t

8/11/2020 12:36:00 AM

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday night said it has received the judgement of the Court of Appeal delivered in an Appeal filed by the Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) and...

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday night said it has received the judgement of the Court of Appeal delivered in an Appeal filed by t

The commission said it would challenge the judgement by the Court of Appeal which held that the deregistration of ACD and 22 others is ultra vires the powers of the Commission and ordered the Commission to reinstate them.INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, said this in a statement.

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He recalled that on July 29, 2020, the Court Appeal, Abuja Judicial Division in an appeal filed by the National Unity Party (NUP) affirmed the power of the INEC to deregister political parties that fail to meet the constitutional threshold in section 225A.

He said that dissatisfied with the judgement the NUP lodged an appeal which is presently pending before the Supreme Court.“The commission is therefore faced with two conflicting judgements from the Court of Appeal; one affirming the powers of the commission to deregister political parties and the other setting aside the deregistration of ACD & 22 others,” Okoye said.

According to him, faced with two conflicting judgements from the same court, the commission is not in a position to pick and choose which one of them to obey.“Consequently, the commission will approach the Supreme Court for a final resolution of the issues raised in the two conflicting judgements,” he added.

Meanwhile, Okoye said that the commission is focused on preparations for the conduct of the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020 and October 10, 2020 respectively and is strictly and methodically following its timetable and schedule of activities derived from the Constitution and the Electoral Act.

He assured Nigerians and the people of Edo and Ondo states that the commission is on course and will deliver on its mandate.More StoriesAugust 10, 20209:29:23 PMAbiodun Aladehe Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) and 22 others relating to their deregistration by the Commission.

The commission said it would challenge the judgement by the Court of Appeal which held that the deregistration of ACD and 22 others is ultra vires the powers of the Commission and ordered the Commission to reinstate them.INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, said this in a statement.

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He recalled that on July 29, 2020, the Court Appeal, Abuja Judicial Division in an appeal filed by the National Unity Party (NUP) affirmed the power of the INEC to deregister political parties that fail to meet the constitutional threshold in section 225A.

He said that dissatisfied with the judgement the NUP lodged an appeal which is presently pending before the Supreme Court.“The commission is therefore faced with two conflicting judgements from the Court of Appeal; one affirming the powers of the commission to deregister political parties and the other setting aside the deregistration of ACD & 22 others,” Okoye said.

According to him, faced with two conflicting judgements from the same court, the commission is not in a position to pick and choose which one of them to obey.“Consequently, the commission will approach the Supreme Court for a final resolution of the issues raised in the two conflicting judgements,” he added.

Meanwhile, Okoye said that the commission is focused on preparations for the conduct of the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections scheduled to hold on September 19, 2020 and October 10, 2020 respectively and is strictly and methodically following its timetable and schedule of activities derived from the Constitution and the Electoral Act.

He assured Nigerians and the people of Edo and Ondo states that the commission is on course and will deliver on its mandate. Read more: Daily Trust »

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