INEC In Marathon Meeting After Court Stops Deregistration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is in a marathon meeting following a court order restraining it from deregistering 31 political parties out of the 74 the umpire delisted earlier this month.
Elanza News gathered that the meeting which is currently on going, is chaired by the chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu.
It was gathered that many of the 12 National Commissioners of INEC, the secretary of the Commission, directors and other senior appointees are attending the meeting.
The commission said that after the meeting, their position concerning the court order would be made known.
The political parties earlier heard of the verification exercise that could lead to their deregistration and approached the court in October 2019, seeking for protection.
But INEC could not counter the application made by the affected political parties in the court.
The commission, on  6 February, 2020, carry out one of it’s constitional roles and deregisted 74 political parties over poor performance in the 2019 general election.
But a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by Justice Anwuli Chikere on Monday, restrained INEC from deregistering 31 political parties.
Chikere in her ruling said INEC failed to counter the application by the affected political parties that have legal right that must be protected.
In an interlocutory motion between Advanced Congress of Democratic (ACD) and two others versus the Attorney General of the Federation and another, the applicants had on October 30, 2019, approached the court seeking protection which was granted.
“We are meeting over the matter. Will revert,” INEC chairman’s spokesman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi said when asked about the order of the court restraining the commission from deregistering 31 political parties.
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