National Assembly Has No Right To Dictate Order Of 2019 Elections, Court Declares

National Assembly Has No Right To Dictate Order Of 2019 Elections, Court Declares


The National Assembly was reproved by a Federal Hight Court (Abuja) on Wednesday when it stated that the National Assembly has no right to dictate the order of elections to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

In January, INEC released dates for the 2019 elections with governorship and state assembly elections coming after the presidential and National Assembly elections
The legislature proposed plans to alter this arrangement.
However, a plaintiff, Accord Party approached the court for an order setting aside Clause 25 of the Electoral Amendment Bill, 2018, which seeks to alter the sequence of general elections stating that if the legislature is not prevailed upon, they could by a two-thirds majority pass the bill into law.
The judgement  favoured the plaintiff as Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that it was the sole responsibility of INEC to conduct, fix dates and determine the sequence of elections in the country.
INEC has been constitutionally empowered to organise and supervise elections and that power cannot be taken away from it, he said.

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