The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resume voter registration.
The court gave the order despite the commission’s earlier explanation on the need to end the exercise to afford it ample time to weed out all invalid registrants before the 2023 presidential election.
The Court gave the order while ruling in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1343/2022 brought before it by one Anajat Salmat and three others.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, also directed the INEC to ensure that eligible Nigerians are not deprived the opportunity to have the voter’s card for the forthcoming poll.
Justice Ekwo held that it was the constitutional responsibility of the electoral umpire to make adequate provision for the exercise in accordance with the Nigerian laws.
“The case of the plaintiffs succeeds on merit,” the judge declared.
In the originating summons filed before the court, the plaintiffs argued that INEC cannot stop the CVR contrary to the stipulated provisions of the constitution.