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‘Poll’s shift, faulty exercise of power’

By Bartholomew Madukwe

A human rights lawyer, Chief Morah Ekwunoh, yesterday described the postponement of February elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a faulty exercise of power.

“Combination of hard critique of INEC’s recent postponement by six weeks, of the February 2015 general elections, in relation to INEC’s reason, leaves dispassionate and apolitical legal minds with no option than to conclude that the postponement, in the circumstances thereof, constitute faulty exercise of sacrosanct powers, and by extension, clear, unmistakable and condemnable subversion of democratic process,” he said.

Speaking with Vanguard, Ekwunoh said pursuant to Sections 26(1) and 135(3) of the Electoral Act,2010, and the 1999 Constitution respectively, both as amended, INEC and the President have powers to postpone an election, adding that though such  powers should be exercised in full tandem with the provision of the law.


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