The Federal High Court in Abuja has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to restart CVR till 90 days before the 2023 general elections.
In a ruling issued on Tuesday, Justice Inyang Ekwo also urged INEC to guarantee that eligible Nigerians are not denied the right to vote in the upcoming election.
Mr Ekwo maintained that it was the election umpire’s constitutional role to establish proper preparations for the process in accordance with Nigerian laws.
“The case of the plaintiffs succeeds on merit,” the judge declared.
Anajat Salmat and three others had sued INEC as the sole defendant in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1343/2022. In the originating summons filed before the court, the plaintiffs argued that INEC could not stop the CVR contrary to the stipulated provisions of the constitution.
They urged the court to order the electoral umpire to resume the exercise in accordance with the law of the country.