Court Judgement On Electoral Act Will Make 2023 Poll More Open – MBYF

Court Judgement On Electoral Act Will Make 2023 Poll More Open – MBYF

By Deborah Musa, Abuja

With the judgement pronounced on Friday by Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal high Court, Umuahia, where the Judge ruled that section 84(12) of the Amended Electoral Act is unconstitutional, invalid, illegal, null, void and of no effect whatsoever and ought to be struck down, different reactions from Nigerians have trailed the court ruling.

Youths in the Middle Belt region of the country, under the aegis of Middle Belt Youths Forum, MBYF, have said the court’s action has made the 2023 elections not only open but also participatory to Nigerians.

This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday, where the group described the judgement as not only sound but also legendary.

In the statement signed by the leader of MBYF, Godwin Meliga, “With the pronouncement, the electoral process is now widen to accommodate some individuals who have earlier been disenfranchised by the controversial section.

“The group described the judgment as a welcome development as all political parties begin their preparations for the 2023 general elections.

“The Federal High Court Umuahia judgement on Section 84 (12) of the newly amended Electoral Act, last Friday, is sound and legendary. It is a welcome development.

“It is our hope and belief that as political parties begin their preparations, especially as they are holding their primaries ahead of the general elections, more qualified Nigerians will now be able to participate, irrespective of the current roles they are playing in the government,“ the MBYF insisted.

Noting that, “It is a win for democracy”, the group applauded parties that approached the judiciary for interpretation of the controversial section of the nation’s electoral law.

It said the court’s judgement has settled dust being raised by contending parties to the section.

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