INEC reacts to restraining order against de-registering parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the court injunction which restrained it from de-registering 31 political parties.

Justice Anwuli Chikere had issued the injuction, ruled that INEC failed to oppose the application by the affected political parties and their legal must be protected.

However INEC’s Director Voter Education Publicity (VEP), Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi who commented on the development said issuance of the injunction is like resurrecting the dead as courts does not grant injunctions to stop an act which has already been done.

Uzzi said;

“Courts don’t grant injunctions to stop an act which has already been done. Perhaps, the fact of deregistration wasn’t brought to the court’s attention.

“I am aware that this was mentioned in court today (yesterday) by the plaintiffs’ lawyer but their application to restore the plaintiffs as registered political parties wasn’t taken.

“This motion is still pending. The court has granted accelerated hearing of the case.”

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