Court Orders INEC to Resume Voters Registration

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CEM REPORT, ADMINISTRATION |  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been ordered by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to resume the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise. 

Justice Inyang Ekwo ruling on the case on Tuesday held that the constitution provides for 90 days before the election before continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise ought not to be suspended.

The judge hence ordered INEC not to deprive eligible citizens of the opportunity to have their voter cards for the forthcoming poll. 

While ruling on an application brought before the court by four Nigerians, Justice Ekwo, maintained that said it was the constitutional responsibility of INEC to make adequate provisions for the exercise in accordance with Nigerian laws. 

Consequently, ruled in favour of the plaintiffs, saying “the case of the plaintiffs succeeds on merit.”

INEC had first slated June 30 as the deadline for the close of the CVR but extended the deadline to July 31. In a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1343/2022, one  Anajat Salmat and three others approached the court with the argument that the electoral body ought not to stop the CVR before the time stipulated by law. 

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