Supreme Court Affirms INEC’s Power to Deregister 74 Political Parties

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The Supreme Court on Friday okays the deregistration of 74 Parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The apex court on Friday, upheld an earlier judgment of the court of appeal, which stated that INEC’s action was in order, thecable reports.

According to The Nation report, this step was taking Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2020 to deregistered the political parties over their inability to win any election during the 2019 general elections.

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Justice Adamu Jauro, in a judgment delivered on Friday, said the deregistration of 74 parties, was in line with the laws and compliance with the extant provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act.

According to the electoral umpire, 18 political parties survived the deregistration process.

Some of the affected parties in 2020, file a suit to stop the commission’s action. In August the same year, the court of appeal sitting in Abuja said 22 of the parties were illegally deregistered.

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This was after the same court earlier validated the power of INEC to deregister the parties while determining a case involving the National Unity Party (NUP).

Amid the confusion, both the commission and the NUP headed to the supreme court in separate applications challenging the court judgements.

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