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Court orders INEC to resume voter registration ahead 2023 election

By News Desk

The Federal High Court sitting in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately resume Continuous Voters Registration (CVR), allowing Nigerians have access to exercise their fundamental rights.

It ruled that the electoral umpire could only stop the process 90 days before the 2023 general elections, so as to embark on needed processes that would allow the new applicants

In a judgement delivered on Tuesday, Justice Inyang Ekwo directed INEC to ensure that eligible Nigerians were not deprived of the opportunity to have voters’ cards ahead of the forthcoming poll.

He held that it was the constitutional responsibility of the electoral umpire to make adequate provisions for the exercise in accordance with Nigerian laws.

The judgement was delivered by the court after reviewing the applications brought before it by Anajat Salmat and three others against INEC, arguing that the electoral body could stop voter registration contrary to the stipulated provisions of the constitution.

They urged the court to order the electoral umpire to resume the exercise in accordance with the law of the country.

INEC had in July suspended the CVR after a one-month extension following the Federal High Court’s dismissal of a suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which sought an extension of the exercise beyond June 30, 2022.

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