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2022 Election Law Amendment: We Were Not Consulted – FHC Chief Justice

Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court (FHC), Justice John Tsuho, said on Monday that the National Assembly was not consulted in passing the 2022 Elections (Amendment) Act.

Justice Tsoho made the disclosure while delivering his speech at a special court session to mark the commencement of the court’s statutory year 2022/2023 in Abuja.

Judge Tsuho said additional jurisdiction has been granted to the FHC under the new (amended) election law of 2022.

According to him, under sections 29 (5) and 84 (14) of the law, exclusive jurisdiction is imposed on the Federal Supreme Court to hear and decide pre-election complaints.

Related to this jurisdiction is Section 285(10) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which provides that such cases must be terminated prior to elections within 180 days from the date of filing of the claim.

“This is despite the judges’ current ‘high-volume’ debts presenting enormous challenges.

“It is necessary to put on record that the Elections (Amendment) Law 2022 was passed without any consultation with the Court.

“Also, no support whatsoever was provided to counter the increased responsibility,” he said.

CJ said this has severely affected the Court’s operations.

“I must quickly state, however, that this ‘disruption’ has not, without consultation, changed our core values ​​as a court: rising to challenges and meeting them head on.

“This underscores our resolve to rise in the face of adversity,” he said.

2022 Election Law Amendment: We Were Not Consulted – FHC Chief Justice

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