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Court nullifies by-elections in Niger State

By Wole Mosadomi

MINNA — A Minna High Court has nullified the results of local government by-elections conducted in six wards of Niger State declared in favour of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, by the state Independent Electoral Commission.

The All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, had dragged the state Electoral Commission before the court for violating some Electoral Acts and prayed the court to nullify the elections.

The six wards affected are Zumba and Gusoro in Shiroro Local Government Area, Nasko wards in Magama, Kubulu, Dandaudu and Fuka ward in Munya Local Government Area of the state.

In the suit instituted by the ANPP, the party challenged the state Electoral Commission for conducting the by-elections without giving the mandatory notice to the plaintiff in accordance with Sections 31(3) and 32 (7) of the Electoral Act.

The plaintiff also prayed the court to determine whether the electoral body has power to conduct the election without giving 14 days mandatory notice during which the plaintiff is to submit the list of its candidates to it in accordance with the Electoral Act.

The Judge, Justice Aisha Bwari, declared that the electoral body erred in the Electoral Act in the conduct of the election and therefore the law had to be applied.

She said since NSIEC had contravened Sections 31(3) and 32(7) of the Electoral Act 2006 which gave a mandatory 14 days for the plaintiff to submit the list of its candidates, the election therein conducted could not be seen as credible or acceptable.

She, therefore, directed for a fresh election into the affected wards which the electoral body should conduct “in strict compliance with the provisions of the 2006 Electoral Act.”

 


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