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Court bars soldiers from polling booths

2015-03-23 15:31
A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Lagos - A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday restrained the Federal Government from deploring the military to supervise the forthcoming general elections, reports PM News.

The court verdict follows a suit filed by Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of House of Representative representing Surulere Federal Constituency 2 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief Of Army, Chief of Air Force, Chief of Naval Staff and Attorney General of the Federation.

Also read: INEC commissioner backs deployment of soldiers for polls

The court in its ruling declared that it’s unconstitutional to deploy military for the supervision of election purposes without the approval of the national assembly.?

The Presiding Judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, said the use of soldiers during elections is not known to democracy.

Read more at PM News.

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