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Appeal court affirms INEC’s power to deregister political parties 

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‎The Court of Appeal, Abuja Abuja Division, has affirmed the power of the Independent National Electoral Commission to deregister political parties in the country.

The appellate court, in a judgement by Justice Mohammed Baba Idris on Wednesday, dismissed the appeal against INEC and upheld an earlier decision of a high court, which affirmed the electoral c‎ommission’s power to deregister political parties.

The Federal High Court in Abuja had ruled that INEC was right to deregister National Unity Party, which was one of the 74 parties deregistered in January over their poor performance in the 2019 general elections.

The high court held that under Section 225(a) of the Nigerian Constitution, 1999, INEC has the powers to deregister political parties

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