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Court Nullifies Electoral Amendment Bill [Updated]

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has, on Wednesday, nullified the Electoral Amendment Bill which sought to re-order the sequence of 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] embarked upon by the National Assembly.

The judgment followed a suit filed by Accord Party challenging the bill.

Ruling, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the bill was in clear breach of the provisions of paragraph 15(a) of the Third Schedule of the Constitution which empowers INEC to organise and conduct elections.

The judge argued that, INEC haven issued timetable for the 2019 general elections, the later passage of the bill to reverse the electoral body’s decision was in breach of sections 4, 5 an 6 of the Constitution.

The court resolved all the reliefs sought in favour of the plaintiff and against the National Assembly except one which ought to compel President Muhammadu Buhari from assenting to the bill.

It held that the powers conferred on INEC to conduct elections comprised the powers to decide the sequence of elections as well as fix dates for the elections.

Parties to the suit include the National Assembly, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC].

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