Deregistration of parties: INEC decides going to Supreme Court
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to go to the Supreme Court for final judgement to determine if the commission has the powers to deregister political parties.
Festus Okoye, the commission’s spokesperson, confirmed this in a statement it signed on Monday.
INEC said it will appeal the judgement of the Court of Appeal, that voided its deregistration of 22 parties.
Despite the fact that the court upheld the power of INEC to deregister parties in line with the constitution, it still 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 judgments,” he said.