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INEC React As Appeal Court Overturns Deregistration Of 22 Political Parties

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to appeal the verdict of the appellant court which overturned the deregistration of 22 political parties.

Speaking on Monday 10th of  August, National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, in a statement the electoral body in the country has agreed to approach the Supreme Court over conflicting judgements by the Court of Appeal on its powers to register political parties.

He also revealed that the verdict had some contradictory statement as the judge reinstated the fact that the electoral body can deregister any political  party but still went further to nullify the deregistration of 22 political parties

Festus in his words

The Commission is therefore 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.

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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