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Court Orders Malami To Delete Section 84(12) In Electoral Act



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The Federal High Court sitting in Umahia, Abia State on Friday directed the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to delete Section 84 (12) of the amended Electoral Act.

Justice Evelyn Anyadike while calling on the minister to delete the section of the Electoral Amendment Act, noted that it is unconstitutional.

According to Anyadike, Section 84 (12) is unconstitutional, invalid, illegal, null, void and of no effect whatsoever and ought to be struck down as it cannot stand when it is in violation of the clear provisions of the Constitution.”

The Judge charged Malami “forthwith delete the said Subsection 12 of Section 84 from the body of the Electoral Act, 2022”.

Recall that the 9th Senate recently rejected the plead by President Muhammadu Buhari to delete that section of the amended Electoral Act.

The lawmakers rejected the request of the president through a voice vote when it was tabled to be read a second time.

President Buhari after signing the Electoral ACT had claimed that Section 84 (12) violates the Constitution and breached the rights of government appointees.