INEC shuns court order, to proceed with Adamawa, Bauchi supplementary governorship elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will go ahead with the supplementary governorship election in Adamawa and Bauchi states.

An Abuja Federal High Court had issued an interlocutory injunction to INEC to suspend the process.

However, a tweet from the electoral body’s handle on Thursday, said it will still go ahead with the elections in these states.

“While the Commission has complied in accordance with its policy to obey all court orders in deference to the rule of law, it has also taken urgent steps to vacate the order and dismiss the action,” INEC said.

It added that “the supplementary elections will proceed as scheduled on Saturday, 23 March in the other 15 Local Government Areas of Bauchi State as well as the Kirfi State Constituency Supplementary Election in Kirfi Local Government Area.”
In addition, INEC noted that the Adamawa State High Court had issued an injunction stopping the Commission from going ahead with the supplementary election after the application by the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy, a registered political party which did not take part in the main election.

“Notwithstanding the legal action over the Supplementary Governorship election, elections will hold in Nassarawo/Binyeri State Constituency in Mayo–Belwa Local Government Area where the election had to be countermanded following the death of a candidate before the polls, as well as the supplementary State Constituency election and Uba/Gaya State Constituency in Hong Local Government Area,” INEC noted.

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