Friday, 26 June 2020

Conflicting Court Orders: INEC Enjoins the NBA to Call Culpable Lawyers To Order In The Interest of Rule of Law & The Legal Profession

Conflicting Court Orders: INEC Urges the NBA To Call Culpable Lawyers To Order In The Interest of Rule of Law & The Legal Profession In Nigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern over the multiplicity of similar ex parte court orders, and urged the Nigerian Bar Association NBA and the Judiciary to be above board in the discharge of their duties.

National Commissioner and Chairman, INEC Committee on Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, gave the charge in a statement issued after the Commission’s meeting Thursday in Abuja. He said:

.        “The Commission is worried about the spate and rapidity of conflicting Court Orders mostly obtained ex-parte, involving substantially the same parties, on the same or similar grounds and from courts of coordinate jurisdiction on issues and challenges around the administration of political parties and conduct of party primaries. Some of the Orders were obtained from Courts completely removed from the geographical area where the course of action arose. The Commission is committed to obeying all court orders, but the speed, frequency and conflicting nature of the Orders leave it in an awkward and impossible position. We urge the Nigerian Bar Association NBA to impress on senior members of the Bar to put the country’s interest and the judiciary above every other interest and not allow personal considerations to outweigh their commitment to the profession, the rule of law and due process. It is in the best interest of the Bar and the Bench not to do anything that would bring them into disrepute. These calls have become necessary to draw attention to the uncertainties and threats posed by conflicting orders on not only preparations for elections and but also to the growth and development of our democracy."

The Commission said it would test-run its policy on conducting elections within the context of the Covid-19 by using the election into the Nasarawa Central State Constituency of Nasarawa State to fill the vacancy created by the death of Hon. Adamu Suleiman Ibrahim. Mr Okoye stated that bye-election will take place on 8 August 2020, adding that timetable and schedule of activities have been uploaded on the Commission’s website

Credit: Vanguard


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