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Imo North: INEC Studying Contradictory Court Orders



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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to meet to take a decision on the recent contradictory court orders pertaining to the Imo North Senatorial seat.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed th in an interview with The Nation.

 GreenWhiteGreen GWG had reported contradictory judgments on the Imo North seat on Thursday by the Federal High Court in Abuja and the High Court in Owerri. While the court in Abuja ordered INEC to issue Senator Ifeanyi Ararume a certificate of return, the court in Owerri asked the commission not to issue him the certificate of return.

Responding to the development, Okoye in the interview said:

“Based on the multiplicity of judgements and Orders in the Imo North matter the Commission will carefully study them and do the needful”.

“As at today there are over 13 cases either filed or decided by the various Courts relating to the Imo North Senatorial bye-election.

“The recent ones relate to the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja and the ex-parte Order from State High Court in Owerri,” he said in reference to the recent contradictory court orders on the Imo North senate seat.

“The Legal Department of the Commission will meet and present a memo to the Legal Services, Clearance and Compliance Committee of the Commission.

“The Legal Services and Clearance Committee will in turn deliberate on the matter and present a memo to the Commission.”

“The Commission will deliberate on the matter, take a decision and inform the public. Hence, these judgements must of necessity pass through our processes and procedures. We are not a Court of law. We do not have adjudicatory powers.

“We give effect to judgements and orders of courts based on their tenor, context and our understanding of the judgement or orders we have been directed to give effect to”

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