Supreme Court upholds INEC’s deregistration of 74 political parties

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The Supreme Court has upheld an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal which okayed the deregistration of National Unity Party and 73 others.

It had earlier been reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission last year deregistered the political parties over their inability to win any election during the 2019 general elections.

In the judgment delivered by Justice Adamu Jauro, the Supreme Court, on Friday, said the deregistration of NUP, one of the 74 parties, was done in line with the laws and compliance with the extant provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act.

The judgment was delivered virtually.

It was delivered by a five-man panel led by Justice Mary Odili.

Justice Adamu Jauro delivered the lead judgment which was on the appeal filed by the NUP and others.

The apex court said the deregistration of the parties was done in line with the laws and compliance with the extant provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act.

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