INEC Has Power To Deregister Parties, A’Court Rules

INEC Has Power To Deregister Parties, A’Court Rules

The Court of Appeal in Abuja yesterday affirmed the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister political parties.

The appellate court, in its judgment, upheld the decision of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which held that NUP and 74 other political parties remain deregistered.

Justice Muhammed Baba Idris ruled that INEC did not err in law to have deregistered the political parties.

Justice Taiwo  Taiwo of the Federal High Court had in May ruled that INEC acted in accordance with section 225 A of the 1999 constitution.

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Similarly, Justice Anwuli Chikere of a Federal High Court in Abuja, in another judgment on June 11, also nailed the fate of another 33 political parties earlier deregistered by INEC.

The court ruled that the 34 political parties, having not complied with the rules, had since lost their registration.

In the same vein, the Court of Appeal in its ruling on a suit filed by NUP yesterday affirmed that INEC has powers to deregister NUP and the other 73 political parties.

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The appellate court held that INEC was right to have deregistered NUP which was one of the 74 political earlier axed by the commission.

Pending appeals by other deregistered parties may now be an academic exercise following the judgment.

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