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INEC heads to Supreme Court to set aside A/Court judgment on Parties deregistration

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Following the Appeal Court decision to reverse the decision to deregister some political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it’s ready to challenge the ruling of the appellate court at the Supreme Court.
In its response to the judgment of the appellate court, INEC said it will seek the verdict of the apex court on whether it has the powers to deregister political parties or not.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday had reversed the deregistration of 22 political parties, by the electoral body.
The judgment delivered by a five-man panel headed by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, set aside the earlier June 11, 2020 verdict of the Federal High Court in Abuja which had affirmed the deregistration of 32 political parties including the 22 appellants.
Though the court upheld the power of INEC to deregister parties in line with section 225 of the constitution, it held that INEC needed to prove that it complied with the procedure outlined.
About two weeks ago, the same court had in the case of National Unity Party upheld and validated the power of INEC to deregister the parties.
In a statement by the INEC spokesman, Festus Okoye the commission said it will seek the verdict of the supreme court on the two conflicting judgements.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
INEC further said it is focused on preparations for the conduct of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections scheduled to hold on September 19 and October 10 respectively.
There are concerns the elections are being threatened as the 22 deregistered political parties were not included as those to participate in the polls.

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