The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was on Tuesday ordered to resume the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR).
The order was issued by the Justice Inyang Ekwo-led Federal High Court in Abuja, stating that the process should continue until 90 days before the 2023 general elections.
Delivering his judgment, the judge, in a case issued by Anajat Salmat and three others with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1343/2022, 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.
They urged the court to order the electoral umpire to resume the exercise in accordance with the law of the country.