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Court nullifies Ebonyi council poll, govt studies judgment

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, on Thursday, nullified the July 30, 2022 local government elections held in Ebonyi State.

The judgment came barely a few days to the inauguration of the newly-elected council chairmen and councillors fixed for September 1, 2022.

The judgment was a sequel to a suit marked FHC/AI/CS/151/2022, filed by Otu Eleri and three others, challenging the conduct of the council elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission, and the government of Ebonyi State were listed as the first to third respondents in the suit.

The plaintiffs had prayed the court to, among other things, declare the election undemocratic and unlawful, having failed to comply with Section 150 of the Electoral Act 2022.

They contended that the government of Ebonyi State and the state electoral commission failed to avail them of the exact laws used to conduct the election.

Justice Fatun Riman, in his judgment, agreed with the plaintiffs and consequently nullified the exercise.

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