Court Orders Malami To Erase Section 84(12) In Electoral Act
Electoral Act, Section 84 (12) of which was instructed to be deleted by the Federal High Court sitting in Umahia, Abia State, on Friday. The Federal High Court was sitting in Umahia, Abia State, when it issued the directive.
While urging the minister to repeal the provision of the Electoral Amendment Act that she believes is unlawful, Justice Evelyn Anyadike pointed out that it is unconstitutional.
According to Anyadike, Section 84 (12) is unconstitutional, invalid, illegal, null, void and of no effect whatsoever and ought to be struck down as it cannot stand when it is in violation of the clear provisions of the Constitution.”
The Judge charged Malami “forthwith delete the said Subsection 12 of Section 84 from the body of the Electoral Act, 2022”.
Remember that the 9th Senate recently rejected the President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to have that portion of the modified Electoral Act deleted from the law.
In a voice vote, the legislators rejected the president’s request to have the bill read a second time after it was shelved for consideration.
Following the signing of the Electoral Act, President Buhari argued that Section 84 (12) of the Act violated the Constitution and infringed on the rights of government appointed officials.