Deletion Of Section 84 (12) Of Electoral Act: Court To Hear Appeal Motion Against Ruling April 1

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A Federal High Court (FHC), Umuahia, will on April 1, hear a motion seeking an order to grant leave to appeal against the ruling ordering the deletion of Section 84 (12) of the amended Electoral Act.

The section bars political appointees at any level to vote or be voted for “at the Convention or Congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election”.

Civil rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), had on Tuesday completed court processes asking the court to stay execution of its earlier judgment ordering the deletion of Section 84(12) of the amended Electoral Act.

The group filed a stay of execution of the said judgment of the Federal High Court to enable them challenge the judgement at the Court of Appeal.

Section 84(12) of the amended Electoral Act bars political appointees at any level to vote or be voted for “at the Convention or Congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election”.

According to Justice Evelyn Anyadike, such a clause was unconstitutional.

HURIWA, through their counsel, Perfect Okorie, informed the court of the motion of Appeal filed to that effect.

Listed in the motion include the Attorney General of the Federation as defendant/respondent; Nduka Edede as Plantiff/Respondent.

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