CR LG Polls, APC Goes To Court

By Okoi Obono Obla

The All Progressives Congress, APC has today filed two suits in the High Court, Calabar and the Federal High Court, Calabar respectively concerning the legality of the Local Government Elections in Cross River State scheduled for 21/9/2013.

In suit No.HC/303/2013, the APC is challenging the decision of the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission, CROSEIC to exclude the APC from participating in the Local Government Elections scheduled for 21/9/2013. The APC in its summons invited the Court to declare the decision of CROSEIC as wanton, unconscionable, wrongful, illegal and unconstitutional. The APC also sought an order of Interlocutory Injunction restraining CROSEIC from conducting the elections on 21/9/2013 or on any other day pending the determination of the substantive suit.
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In the second case, Suit No. FHC /CA/CS/76/2013 Filed in the Federal High Court, Calabar, the APC is challenging the constitutionality of the conduct of the Local Government Elections on 21/9/2013 in view of the fact that INEC has not revised the Voters Register since 2011. Section 9 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) provides that the Voters Register must be revised before an election is conducted. Although the Electoral Act is not applicable to the Local Government Elections, Part 11 of Section 4 (2) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered and amended) and Section 10 of the Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission Law of Cross River State, 2004. The APC has also sought an order of interlocutory injunction restraining CROSEIC from conducting the Local Government Elections scheduled for 21/9/2013. No date has been fixed for the hearing of the cases.

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