…heads for Supreme Court
By Moses Okorie
The spokesperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr.Festus Okoye has stated that they will not accept the Appeal Court judgement, which ordered it to relist the political parties it had already delisted due to their inability to win elective positions. Okoye made this known in a press statement issued on Monday, August 10.
INEC vows to proceed to the Supreme Court on whether it has the powers to deregister political parties or not. Appeal Court on Monday had ruled that INEC did not follow due-process in deregistering the affected political parties.
Although the court upheld the power of INEC to deregister parties in line with the constitution, it held that the commission needed to prove that it complied with the procedure outlined.
“The Commission is faced with two conflicting judgements from the Court of Appeal; one affirming the powers of the Commission to deregister political parties and the other setting aside the deregistration of ACD and 22 others.
“Faced with two conflicting judgements from the same Court, the Commission is not in a position to pick and choose which one of them to obey.
“Consequently, the Commission will approach the Supreme Court for a final resolution of the issues raised in the two conflicting judgements,” he said.