A federal high court on Wednesday in Abuja has stopped the national assembly from amending the election time table of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohamed, nullified clause 25, section 15 of the Electoral Amendment Bill passed into law by the National Assembly reordering the sequence which was announced by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The court also ruled that the 1999 constitution empowers INEC to organize and supervise elections including fixing dates and sequences, therefore, the National Assembly does not have the powers to over-ride the actions of INEC.
The move to amend the timetable had sparked friction in parliament.
The national assembly had transmitted an election reordering bill to President Muhammadu Buhari who rejected it.