2023: Court faults INEC, says it was wrong to stop CVR exercise
Written by City Radio on November 25, 2022
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday, declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, acted unlawfully, when it stopped the Continuous Voters’ Registration, CRV, exercise on July 31, more than six months to the 2023 general elections.
The court, in a judgement that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, said it was convinced that the action by electoral body, “would disenfranchise millions of eligible potential voters”.
It held that INEC could only stop the CRV exercise, at least 90 days before the next general elections scheduled for February 25, 2023.
The court equally refused to order INEC to allow citizens who have the temporary voters card to vote in the forthcoming elections In 2023, they, having been duly registered as voters but could not be given their Permanent Voters Card, PVC, due to the stoppage of the registration and collection of permanent voters’ card by INEC on July 31, 2022, contrary to the provisions of sections 9 (6) and 10 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2022.