Abuja Court affirms INEC’s power to deregister political parties


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has affirmed the power of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister political parties which failed to comply with the provisions of the law particularly section 225[a] of the 1999 constitution as amended.

In a judgment delivered on Thursday by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the court insists that the constitutional power of the electoral commission and the reasons given by the commission for the deregistration of some political parties are valid; in conformity with the law and sacrosanct.

The court added that the constitutional power of INEC could not be affected by the fact of anticipated local government elections by some states which dates have not been fixed, certain or even ascertainable.

Justice Taiwo held that the de-registration of National Unity Party (NUP) as a political party in Nigeria was lawfully done in exercise of vested constitutional powers of the commission and in accordance with section 225[a] of the 1999 constitution.


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