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Published On: Fri, Mar 13th, 2020

Senate moves to stop State High Courts to entertain pre-election matters

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By Musa Adamu

Senate has introduced a bill to amend the 1999 Constitution to the effect that State High Court’s would no longer be entertaining pre-election cases.
The bill, which was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege said, “pre-election disputes emanating from Congresses, Conferences, Conventions or other meetings” should no longer be the business of the State High Courts.
Moreso, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory which has coordinate jurisdiction with State High Courts was also affected in the bill.
Both bills to alter the affected provisions in the Constitution passed second reading on the floor of the Senate.
They were referred to the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review for a detailed consideration at public hearing.
Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan urged the Committee to expedite action, saying that there was need to tidy the judicial system in the handling of election issues.the capable watch of Governor Uzodinma.”

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