Court of Appeal grants NASS power to reorder sequence of elections


The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has set aside a judgement of the Federal High Court, which held that the National Assembly lacked power to change the sequence of election.

The lower court in April held that the National Assembly could not alter election timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It said INEC was the only body constitutionally empowered to fix dates, organise and supervise elections in the country.

Thereafter, the National Assembly appealed the judgement.

At the court on Wednesday, a five-man panel led by President of the Appeal Court Zainab Bulkachuwa, held that a bill could not be challenged in court until it becomes an act.

The panel held that the lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit in the first place.

The court explained that the party did not have the locus standi to file the suit because the bill did not affect its rights.

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