INEC Defies Court Ruling, Refuses to Resume Voters Registration
INEC has Reacted to the High Court Ruling that ordered it to resume voters registration
The court’s decision to resume voter registration has been addressed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
This online newspaper reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission responded to the Federal High Court’s decision requiring it to resume voter registration on Tuesday.
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The electoral board was required to continue voter registration up until 90 days before the election by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
After receiving a summons from Anajat Salmat and three other parties, who claimed that the electoral Commission could not halt the CVR in violation of the applicable constitutional laws, the court handed down its decision.
On Tuesday, Justice Inyang Ekwo ruled that it was the electoral body’s constitutional duty to make sufficient arrangements for the exercise in accordance with Nigerian law.
In July, INEC stopped accepting new voter registrations nationwide.
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Festus Okoye, National Commissioner of INEC and Director of Voter Education, stated during an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday that the electoral organisation has not yet received the authentic, certified copies of the court decision.
In response to the court’s decision, Okoye stated that “resuming the Continuous Voter Registration exercise would be constitutionally and legally impossible for the Commission.”
He continued by saying that INEC is aiming to make the voter registration process better for upcoming elections.
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