INEC deregistration of 32 Political Parties Constitutional Court Affirms

The Federal High Court sitting in F.C.T Abuja on Thursday affirmed the deregistration of 32 political parties by the Independence National Electoral Commission(INEC).

According to the judgement of her Honour Justice Anwuli Chikere, the deregistration of 32 Parties by INEC has Constitutional backing and in line with the provision of section 225(a) of the Nigerian Constitution.

The political parties were among the 74 that were deregistered by the INEC on February 6, 2020, on the grounds of poor performance at the 2019 general elections.

The parties had filed their suit last year to restrain INEC from carrying out the exercise when they got wind of the commission’s plan.

Punch newspaper reported that, the judge had earlier on February 17, this year, issued an order restraining INEC from acting on the notice deregistering the 32 political parties, pending the determination of the suit.

But Thursday’s judgment by the court discharged the restraining order as it validated the commission’s action.

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