Just in: Court orders INEC to resume voters registration
A Federal high court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resume the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise until 90 days before the 2023 general elections.
The sitting judge, Inyang Ekwo, stated that the exercise should continue until 90 days prior to the general election of 2023.
Before completing the process physically at specified centers, Nigerians can register or seek an update to their voter information using a portal that the commission launched in June 2021.
Prior to the elections in 2023, INEC had set a deadline of June 30 for the CVR.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 185 other people had sued the election umpire, and a federal high court in Abuja stopped the commission from ending the exercise.
As a result, the commission extended voter registration through July 31.
However, the plaintiff argued in a new lawsuit with case number FHC/ABJ/CS/1343/2022 brought by one Anajat Salmat and three additional parties that INEC cannot stop the continuous voter registration before the time stipulated by law.
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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