Voter registration exercise: Postponed indefinitely due to law suit

Voter registration exercise: Postponed indefinitely due to law suit

The Electoral Commission (EC) has postponed the upcoming limited voter registration exercise across the country indefinitely.

The three-weeks exercise was to have come off from June 7 to June 27, 2019, but the Electoral Commission has apologised for all inconveniences, saying a new date would be announced soon.

In a press release Monday, May 3, 2019, the EC said the action has become necessary in view of a pending injunction seeking to restrain it from holding the limited voter registration exercise.

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Communications officer of the EC, Sylvia Annor, told Joy News that they has no option but to respect the orders of the court.

“The Commission is holding on pending the final determination of the injunction application of the court on the matter,” she said.

Regarding the decision affecting the EC’s calendar, Annor said they would have to make adjustments but it is immature to make a pronouncement on that now.

“Let us wait for the outcome of the injunction application,” she pleaded.

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Umar Ayuba filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking for an injunction to stop the Commission from going ahead with the registration last week.

The injunction follows a substantive suit filed by the same individual challenging the decision by the EC to hold the registration in its district offices and some selected electoral areas.

According to Ayuba, the Commission's directive was without legal basis, making it unconstitutional.

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