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Election Petitions Should Be Handled By Retired Judges – Femi Falana

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9854261_falana_jpeg373272ebc35c80ec6bb8791ab0be187d Election Petitions Should Be Handled By Retired Judges – Femi Falana

Femi Falana in a communique despatched out on Thursday, advocated for election petitions to be dealt with by retired Judges as serving judges have been overburdened, leaving all issues pending of their courts to hold out nationwide assignments.

The human rights activists identified the adjournment of court docket circumstances by over 350 Judges of the State Excessive Courts, Federal Excessive Courtroom, and Nationwide Industrial Courtroom, for a ‘nationwide task’ which was by no means inside their jurisdiction.

Femi Falana pushed for a evaluate of desire given to election petitions and appeals, and additional acknowledged that such circumstances usually are not dealt with by common courts in neighbouring nations however by constitutional courts.

The assertion reads “Over 350 Judges drawn from State Excessive Courts, Federal Excessive Courtroom, and Nationwide Industrial Courtroom and dealing with election petitions have adjourned all issues pending of their courts’ sine die. Their Lordships and Ladyships are mentioned to have left their jurisdictions for “nationwide task” in different elements of the nation.

“Other than appeals arising from pre-election circumstances and election petitions, each the Courtroom of Enchantment and Supreme Courtroom are adjourning all pending appeals until 2020 and 2021. The holiday of the Justices of the Courtroom of Enchantment has been cancelled to allow them to deal with election-related appeals.

“Since all litigants are equal earlier than the legislation it’s excessive time the desire given to election petitions and appeals by Nigerian courts was reviewed. In some neighbouring African nations, election petitions usually are not dealt with by common courts however by constitutional courts.

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“It’s due to this fact instructed that the Structure be amended to permit retired judges to deal with election petitions and appeals arising from them. If our retired judges can deal with arbitral issues and take part in judicial commissions of enquiry they need to be saddled with the duty to deal with election petitions and appeals arising from them.

“The injustice meted out to litigants whose circumstances usually are not political by the authorized system ought to cease forthwith within the curiosity of justice”.

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