Friday, December 9, 2022

2023 Polls: Federal High Court Directs INEC To Resume Voters’ Registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been directed to resume the continuous voter registration (CVR) process by a federal high court in Abuja.

The sitting judge, Inyang Ekwo, stated that the exercise should continue until 90 days prior to the general election of 2023.

In June 2021, the commission launched a portal where Nigerians can register or request to update their voter information before they complete the process physically at designated centres.

INEC had earlier fixed June 30 as the deadline for the CVR ahead of the 2023 elections.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 185 other people had sued the electoral body, and a federal high court in Abuja had stopped the commission from ending the exercise.

As a result, the commission extended voter registration through July 31.

However, in a new lawsuit with the filing number FHC/ABJ/CS/1343/2022 brought by Anajat Salmat and three other people, the plaintiff stated that INEC could not halt the ongoing voter registration process before the legal deadline.

In the judgment delivered on Tuesday, Ekwo agreed with the plaintiffs and ordered the electoral umpire not to deprive citizens of the opportunity to have their voter cards for the forthcoming poll.

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

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