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2023: Court Orders INEC To Resume CVR Until 90 Days To Election As Commission Grapples With Underaged Registration Controversies

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately resume the continuous voters registration (CVR) until 90 days before the 2023 general elections.

OPTIMUM TIMES recalls that the ruling is coming against the backdrop of controversies trailing the INEC display of Voters Registers for public scrutiny which had revealed gross registration of underaged persons during the last voters registration exercise.

Also, INEC had claimed that it expunged from voters register names of over 2.7 million persons who were said to have either engaged in double registration or had their registration improperly done.

Further, the National Human Rights Commission had also demanded that INEC should disclose the names of persons expunged from the register so that the citizens will know if they were affected and then make us of any opportunity to register properly should the opportunity arise.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, also directed INEC to ensure that eligible Nigerians are not deprived the opportunity to have the voter’s card for the forthcoming poll.

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

“The case of the plaintiffs succeeds on merit,” the judge declared.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Anajat Salmat and three others had sued INEC as sole defendant in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1343/2022.

In the originating summons filed before the court, the plaintiffs argued that INEC cannot stop the CVR 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.(NAN and OPTIMUM TIMES)

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