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22 deregistered parties allege disobedience of court order by INEC

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Twenty-two political parties that were deregistered for their inability to clinch an elective office during the 2019 general elections have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of disobeying an August 13,2020 Court of Appeal ruling reinstating them.

The judgment was delivered by Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem and four others.

Addressing reporters in Bauchi, the politicians claimed that INEC and the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) refused to include their parties on the ballot papers for the forthcoming council polls and the Dass LGA by-election.

Chairman of Young Democratic Party, (YDP), Ahmed Tijani Aminu, who spoke on behalf of the other 21 parties submitted: “Time is running out on BASIEC and INEC and the end result would lead to court actions.

We honestly believe that the consequences of refusing to include our parties’ names and logos may lead to nullification of the entire process as in the case of the recent judgment of the Bayelsa State governorship election.”

In the ruling sighted by The Guardian where the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, was also a respondent, the justices had ruled that since the second respondent (INEC) admitted that the political parties were registered and could not justify their deregistration, they should be reinstated.

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