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Court to INEC: Resume voter registration now

In a judgment on Tuesday, Justice Inyang Ekwo, directed INEC to ensure that eligible Nigerians were not deprived of the opportunity to have their voter's cards for the forthcoming polls.

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately resume the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) until 90 days before the 2023 polls.

In a judgment on Tuesday, Justice Inyang Ekwo, directed INEC to ensure that eligible Nigerians were not deprived of the opportunity to have their voter’s cards for the forthcoming polls.

Ekwo held that it was the constitutional responsibility of the electoral umpire to make adequate provision for the exercise in accordance with the extant laws.

“The case of the plaintiffs succeeds on merit,” the judge said

Persecondnews recalls that the plaintiffs — Anajat Salmat and three others — had sued INEC as sole defendant for disenfranchising them by not registering them

The plaintiffs had averred that INEC cannot stop the CVR contrary to the stipulated provisions of the Constitution.

They, therefore, urged the court to order the electoral umpire to resume the exercise in earnest.

 

 

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