Thursday, February 18, 2021

2019: Court tackles NASS, says ‘you have no power to reorder election sequence’


Jaafar Jaafar
A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief o Daily Nigerian
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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday told the National Assembly that it lacks the power to dictate to the Independent National Election Commission, INEC, the sequence of elections, particularly the 2019 general election.

Delivering judgment in a suit challenging the electoral amendment bill 2018, Justice Ahmed Mohammed said that the National Assembly clearly acted in breach of the principle of separation of power.

The court also held that it was the sole responsibility of INEC to conduct, fix a date and determine the sequence of elections in the country.

It held that Section 25 of the Electoral Act 2018, which is the section that contravenes the provisions of the constitution, “is hereby declared a nullity.”

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