Deregistration of parties: INEC to challenge A’Court latest verdict

Ezekiel Johnson
Ezekiel Johnson
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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday, said it would go to the Supreme Court to challenge the verdict directing it to reverse the de-registration of 22 political parties in the country.

The Appeal Court on Monday directed INEC that it should reverse its earlier decision based on the need to prove that it complied with the procedure for the action.

The latest verdict of the court is against an earlier one which affirmed that INEC had the power to de-register political parties found wanting.

Announcing its decision to go to the Supreme Court over the latest verdict, INEC, in a statement by its spokesman, Festus Okoye, said the move was necessary because it was faced with two conflicting situations.

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“The Commission is 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.

“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.”

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