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Court orders Jega to register DPC

16 December 2014, 16:36

Abuja - The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday ordered the Executive Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega to register Democratic Peoples Congress as a political party within 72 hours or face contempt charge.

The party had approached the court to challenge the failure of the electoral body to register it.

The court had on October 24 ordered INEC to register the party, but it refused.

The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawale, who gave the order, directed Jega to take remedial steps to register the party within 72 hours.

Also read: INEC declares campaign open

He further held that if the INEC boss failed to obey the order of court within 72 hours, he should be served with form 49, a notice to show cause why he should not be committed to prison.

He later adjourned hearing on the contempt proceedings to December 23.

The party had, in a motion ex-parte dated December 1, filed by Ezekiel Vem Ofou, Rev Olusegun Peters, Okoye Finbarr, Haruna Abubakar, Abubakar Khalil and Dioji Chidinma on behalf of themselves and the party, asked for leave of the court to serve form 48, a notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court on INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega by substituted means.

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