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Court orders INEC to register new party

2015-03-05 13:17
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

Abuja - The rescheduled general election on Wednesday suffered another setback following the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accord full recognition to the Young Democratic Party, reports Thisday.

The judgement is coming barely three weeks to the commencement of the elections.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed made the order in his judgment on the suit filed by the party, challenging its denial of registration by INEC.

Also read: INEC weighs six-week election delay: lawmakers

The judge held that YDP was deemed registered when INEC failed to inform the then political association‎ of its decision not to register it as a political party within 30 days of receiving its application, as required under Section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act, 2010‎.

The judgement is definitely going to affecte INEC's preparations for the elections as the commission would now have to accomodate the new party in its programmes.

Read more at Thisday.

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