Eligible Nigerians living abroad have urged a Federal High Court, Abuja to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register them in order to exercise their voting rights in the 2023 general election.

The plaintiffs in the suit are Mr. Chikwe Nkemnacho and Mr Kenneth Nkemnacho, who lives in the UK, instituted the case on behalf of other Nigerians in Diaspora worldwide before Justice Inyang Ekwo.

In the suit marked: FHC/ ABJ/ CS/2119/2022, the plaintiffs prayed the court to stop the Federal Government and INEC from further proceeding with the 2023 electioneering process until the commission’s voter register and bio-data base are updated to accommodate them as registered voters.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the plaintiffs listed INEC, chairman of INEC, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Federal Republic of Nigeria as 1st to 4th defendants respectfully.

The suit, dated Oct. 31 and filed on Nov 11, was instituted by their lawyer, Augustine Temofeh-Nkemnacho, sought the enforcement of the plaintiffs’ fundamental rights to vote in the 2023 general elections.

They also prayed the court to declare that those of them, who are of voting age, are entitled to participate in the electoral process by being registered to vote in 2023 and in all elections wherever they are domiciled worldwide in line with Sections 13, 14, 42 and 17 of the 1999 Constitution.
They further sought court declaration that there is still sufficient time for INEC to comply with provisions of Sections 13, 14 and 15 of the 1999 Constitution.

They canvassed that unless they are allowed to vote in the 2023 elections and subsequent ones, their fundamental rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution would be grossly violated.

Upon mentioning the suit on Tuesday, Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Jan. 19 for further mention to allow the defendants file their respective responses.(NAN)

Nigerians in Diaspora , Federal High court court Abuja INEC , 2023 polls,

Journalists have the right to see court recordings, says Justice Abdullahi

The Administrator of the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Justice Salisu Abdullahi has advised journalists covering the judiciary to always approach court registrars for court records whenever they are in doubt about any proceeding.

Justice Abdullahi who gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja at the close of a two-day capacity building workshop for judiciary correspondents said that journalists had the right to see the records of the court.

“My simple advice to my brothers and sisters here is that whenever you are in court, there is proceedings and you don’t seem to understand, sometimes because you may not be trained as lawyers, you may have that problem which is okay.

“The best thing, please approach the registrar, you have every right t see the records or even ask for it so please try to do that so there may not be mistake here and there in the reportage so please try to do that and I assure you of the cooperation of the NJI,’’ he said.

He said that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the calendar of the institute resulting to its inability to hold the workshop in 2021.

He, however, maintained that now that the pandemic had been surmounted, the institute would improve on its organization of the workshop and make it better.

Earlier, presenting a paper titled;’’ The Concept and Role of Emotional Intelligence as a Tool in Media Relations’’ Amb. Victor Ojaide, Vice President, Continuing Professional Development asserted that the media was a major pillar of justice.

According to Ojaide, if you remove the media, there will be a critical defect and with time, the entire structure and society will collapse into corruption and then into anarchy.

He, however, said that the absence of fair and balanced reportage was tantamount to silence adding applying emotional intelligence in reportage would engender positive change in society.

“High emotional intelligence as a tool in media relations can affect society in the following ways: it will inform of facts and truths, it will motivate to ideas, it will persuade for change and it will inspire to transform. If your perception to reportage does not promote this, please check it.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the workshop which is the seventh in its series is organised by the institute annually to build the capacity of journalists on the judiciary beat.

NAN also reports that the theme for the 2022 edition is: “Towards Fair and Balanced Reportage of Judicial Proceedings in Nigeria’’. (NAN)