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Court summons party leaders over judgment

2015-03-13 16:10
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 leadership of the newly registered political party, Young Democratic Party (YDP),has been summoned to appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja, reports Premium Times.

The summon follows the party’s misrepresentation of its judgement ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register the party as a political party in Nigeria.

The court said it was embarrassed by the claim of the party officials that it had ordered INEC to accommodate the party in the 2015 general elections.

The court noted that there was no directive to accommodate the party in the forthcoming general elections since no such relief was sought by the party.

Also read: Court orders INEC to register new party

The court presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, had, last week Thursday, in a judgment, held that YDP was deemed registered as a political party by virtue of the failure of INEC to communicate its decision not to register the then political association as a political party within 30 days of receiving its application as stipulated in section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act.

But less than 48 hours after the judgment, YDP addressed a press conference, saying that the judge had also ordered INEC to shift the 2015 elections in order to accommodate it in the polls.

Read more on: inec  |  abuja  |  2015 elections

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