Twenty-four Nigerians have dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission before an Abuja Federal High Court for “failing to give them and other seven million Nigerians adequate time and opportunity to complete their voter registration after they have carried out their registration online.”
INEC recently disclosed that out of 10,487,972 Nigerians who carried out their pre-registration online, only 3,444,378 completed the process at a physical centre representing just 32.8% of the completed online registration.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1662/2022 filed on Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the plaintiffs are seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel INEC to re-activate its continuous voter registration to allow the plaintiffs to complete their registration and collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards.”
The plaintiffs are also seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel INEC to provide adequate facilities and deploy personnel to the registration units of the plaintiffs to enable them to complete their registration and collect their PVCs.”
The plaintiffs include Adeeyo Wasiu; Kunat Amos; Tagbo Chidubem; Emeghe Grace; Ayoola Ebenezer; Eche Otakpa; Olatoye Damilola; and Ogunejiofor Emeka among others.
The suit was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by lawyers for the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Kolawole Oluwadare and Adelanke Aremo.