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It’s late to resume voter registration, court rules

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A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, refused to grant the prayer of four plaintiffs who sued the Independent National Electoral Commission for discontinuing the voter registration exercise on July 31.

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Justice Inyang Ekwo held that going by the 90 days window period set by the Electoral Act before which the electoral body cannot discontinue voter registration, INEC would have had just a few days to continue with the exercise.

The plaintiffs- Anajat Salmat, Earnest Stanley, Chief Charles Okafor and Mr Samuel Oluwakemi had prayed the court to direct the electoral body to resume voter registration which it had discontinued “208 days before the elections of 2023.”

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The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1343/2022, had INEC as the sole defendant.

The plaintiffs had sought a declaration that the defendant was expected to continue the voter registration, update and revision of voters register till 90 days before the general election pursuant to the provisions of sections 76 (2), 77 (2), 116 (2), 117 (2), 132 (2) & (5) and 178 (2) & (5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) as well as sections 9 (1), 9 (6), 10 (1) and 12 (1) of the Electoral Acts, 2022.

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They also asked the court for a declaration that it is the constitutional responsibility of the defendant to make sure that every prospective Nigerian voter who has shown the desire to register to vote are not deprived their civil right to register and participate in the forthcoming general elections and an order of court directing the defendant to resume immediately the registration of new voters, update and revision of the register of voters until at least 90 days to the general election slated to hold on February 25, 2023 and March 11, 2023.

INEC in its argument had contended that it ended the Continuous Voter Registration exercise at the time so that the permanent voter cards could be printed in good time, and the distribution of the cards could commence in earnest.

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Delivering his ruling, Justice Ekwo upheld two of the plaintiff’s prayers, stating that ‘’INEC is expected pursuant to the provisions of sections 76 (2), 77 (2), 116 (2), 117 (2), 132 (2) & (5) and 178 (2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) as well as sections 9 (1), 9 (6), 10 (1) and 12 (1) of the Electoral Acts, 2022, to continue voter registration, update and revision of voters register until 90 days before the general election billed to take place on Feb. 25 and March 11.’’

He also held that it is the constitutional responsibility of the defendant to ensure that every prospective Nigeria voter who has shown desire to register to vote is not deprived of their civil right to register and participate in the forthcoming general elections.

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However, the court held that going by the date of the verdict, the court is unable to grant relief number three as INEC would have had “just a few days away from 90 days before the general election of February 25, 2023 and March 11, 2023.’’

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Photos/Video: LASU class of 2004, Anthony Campus re-union anniversary

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The class of 2004, Public Administration of the Lagos State University (LASU) Anthony Campus re-union second anniversary get together on Saturday.

Old classmates had a lot share and had time to dance and celebrate old times.

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Finally, after terrorists attack, NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna rail operations on Monday

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Finally, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service on Monday, with only two return services after the terrorists attack.

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Naijablitznews.com reports this was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria.

The statement shows the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna state to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna state by 9:45 in the morning.

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The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board.

It also says the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

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Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00 in the morning on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30 in the morning on Monday, December the 5th.

Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

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The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

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Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

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Peter Obi Attends Gospel Musical Concert ‘The Experience’ In Lagos+Photo

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Friday, attended the annual gospel musical concert organised by House On The Rock church in Lagos.

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Upon his introduction, Obi was welcomed with cheers from the crowd.

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