The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reversed the de-registration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The court has set aside the judgement of Federal High Court that upheld INEC’s actions saying the de-registration exercise was illegal for not following due process.
The court has subsequently ordered that the 74 deregistered parties should be relisted as registered political parties in Nigeria.
On February 6, 2020, INEC deregistered the political parties for failing to meet constitutional requirements that determine the continuous existence of political parties in the country.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC, made the announcement at a press conference in Abuja.
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INEC had argued that a review of the performance of parties after the 2019 general elections led to the deregistration of the parties.
With the deregistration, the parties in Nigeria reduced to 18.