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Appeal Court Adjourns Hearing on Election Sequence

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

 

As a custodian of the law, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division has adjourned hearing in a suit challenging the ruling of a Federal High Court which set aside the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act.

A three-man panel of the court led by Justice Abubakar Yahaya told the parties in the case on Thursday that a full court would be constituted to hear the suit, as their panel cannot hear the appeal.

The counsel to the National Assembly, Mr Joseph Daudu, said the issue before the court was very urgent.

He told the court that suit torched on matters of the coming general elections and as such, time was important.

Daudu stressed that urgency was much more intense, as not having a pronouncement could make anyone want to challenge the bill.

In his submission, counsel to the Accord Party Wole Olanipekun told the court that there was nothing urgent about the appeal to warrant parties to return to the court when the Appeal Court was headed for its annual vacation.

He, therefore, urged the court to adjourn the case till the next legal year.

In a short ruling, Justice Yahaha adjourned the case till a date to be communicated to the parties, for a full panel to be constituted.

The Federal High Court had ruled in favour of the Accord Party which urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign into law the amended Electoral Act Bill 2018.

The court held that the National Assembly lacked the powers to decide on the sequence of the election on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Since Nigeria returned to democracy, presidential and National Assembly elections have been conducted on the same day before other polls, while the governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections follow.

Lawmakers at the National Assembly had in February amended the election sequence such that the National Assembly polls would be conducted first, followed by the state lawmakers and the governors while the presidential election should take place last.

This led to a heated debate in the Senate after which President Buhari wrote the lawmakers in March, informing them that he had withheld assent to the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act.

The President had stated that the amendment to election sequence in section 25 of the Principal Act might infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of INEC to organise, undertake and supervise all elections provided in section 16(a) of the constitution.

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Brexit Plans in Turmoil, ‘Leave’ Campaign Fined for Violations

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Late last night, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May accepted four hard-right amendments to her government’s Brexit plan, quelling a rebellion in her own party. But analysts say the concessions will destroy her newly minted “customs facilitation agreement” on the controversial issue of the Irish border. Now May hopes to send Parliament into early recess amid fears of a leadership challenge. Meanwhile, the Vote Leave campaign has been fined more than $80,000 and reported to police for breaking spending laws and illegally coordinating with another pro-Brexit group.

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‘Lava Bomb’ Injures 23 on Hawaii Tour Boat

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A boat carrying tourists to watch lava flowing into the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano was struck by a flying chunk of molten rock yesterday. The ball of lava burst through the boat’s roof, leaving one woman with a fractured femur and others with burns and cuts. Tour operators say the sightseeing boats will keep running, but will take the Coast Guard’s new advice to stay farther away from the lava flow. Meanwhile, Kilauea’s recent eruption has created a small new island, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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US Court Suspends Rapid Deportations

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District Judge Dana Sabraw ruled yesterday to temporarily bar the deportations of recently reunited migrant families — another setback for the Trump administration’s controversial immigration reforms. The American Civil Liberties Union brought the case, arguing that parents who’ve been reunited with their kids should have time to consider leaving their children in the U.S. to pursue asylum claims. While government lawyers argued that swift deportations are key to making more space for detainees, Sabraw said slowing or ceasing family reunification is “not an option.” The next hearing is set for July 24.

Courtesy: Daily Briefing

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