Supreme Court Upholds Deregistration Of 74 Political Parties

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The Supreme Court has affirmed the judgement of the Court of Appeal which upheld the deregistration of 74 parties over failure to win any election in the last 2019 general election.

In the judgement delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro, the apex court ruled that the deregistration was done in accordance with the law and compliance with the extant provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act.

The Abuja Division of the Appeal Court had in July last year affirmed the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister political parties.

One of the affected parties – National Unity Party (NUP) – then approached the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal seeking to challenge the ruling.

Delivering the lead judgment of a panel of the appellate court, Justice Mohammed Idris, held that INEC did not err in law in the deregistration of the National Unity Party, which filed the appeal.

The court upheld the judgment of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja which had earlier in May 2020 nullified the deregistration of NUP and 73 other political parties for being in breach of section 225(a)of the Nigeria Constitution.

The said constitutional provision spells out the minimum election victory a party must record or percentage of votes it must poll to sustain its status as a registered political party.




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