Electoral Act: Senate to appeal ruling that permits political appointees to contest primaries

THE Senate has resolved to appeal the judgment of a Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, which nullified Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act.

Section 84(12) barred political appointees from voting or being voted for in primary elections of political parties.

The Senate resolved to appeal the decision after a debate at plenary on Wednesday.

The resolution followed a motion titled: “Urgent need to appeal judgment of the Federal High Court Umuahia on suit no.: FHC/UM/CS/26/2022 on Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022.”

The motion was sponsored by Senator George Sekibo (Rivers East) and co-sponsored by 80 other lawmakers.




    The Senate had on Tuesday promised to debate the judgment.

    The ICIR had reported that a Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State capital, had declared invalid and unconstitutional Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

    In a ruling on Friday, the court presided by Justice Evelyn Anyadike ordered the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to delete the section from the amended Electoral Act.

    Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act stated: “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”

    A reporter with the ICIR
    A Journalist with a niche for quality and a promoter of good governance

    Join the ICIR WhatsApp channel for in-depth reports on the economy, politics and governance, and investigative reports.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here


    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

    - Advertisement

    Recent