An Abuja division of the Federal High Court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order on Tuesday while ruling on an application brought to court by four Nigerians.
The judge said that the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise should not be suspended until 90 days before the 2023 election as stipulated by law.
The court’s position: Justice Ekwo ordered INEC not to deny eligible citizens the opportunity to obtain their voter cards for the upcoming poll.
He said it is the constitutional responsibility of INEC to make adequate provisions for the exercise in accordance with the laws of Nigeria. Because of this, decided in favor of the plaintiffs, saying “the plaintiffs’ case will succeed on the merits.”
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The Backstory: INEC initially set June 30 as the deadline for the closing of the CVR but extended the deadline to July 31. In a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1343/2022, one Anajat Salmat and three others approached the court with the argument that the electoral body should not stop the CVR before the time fixed by law .