A Federal High Court presided over by Justice Anwuli Chikere has restrained Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from de-registering 35 Political Parties.
In her ruling in Abuja on Monday, February 17, 2020, Justice Chikere said having failed to counter the application by the applicants, the affected Political Parties had the legal right which must be protected.
In an interlocutory motion between Advanced Congress of Democratic (ACD) and two others versus the Attorney General of the Federation and another, the applicants had on October 30, 2019, approached the Court seeking protection.
INEC had on Thursday, February 6, 2020 declared the de-registered 74 Political Parties for failing to win elections.
According to INEC, the deregistered parties breached their requirements for registration because they failed to win at least 2596 of votes cast in one State of the federation during the presidential election.
Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu had disclosed that the action was carried out after a review of the performance of Political Parties after the 2019 general elections to see which parties qualify to exists.
In a reaction to this announcement, three Political Parties who were later joined by thirty-two others had approached the Federal High Court seeking an order restraining the electoral body from carrying out the proscription of the Political Parties.