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Court of Appeal Sets Up 99 Panels to Review 2023 Election Petitions

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The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, announced on Monday that 99 panels were set up to hear election petitions in 2023.

Dongban-Mensem made the statement at the opening of a two-day workshop aimed at reviewing the 2023 Election Petition Tribunals/Court and Appeals.

The workshop was organized in collaboration with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK International Development Agency, and the European Union.

She stressed the importance of reviewing the judicial process preceding the 2023 election, describing it as a challenging task.

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The Justice further thanked the justices of the Court of Appeal, judges of the high courts and customary courts, and development partners for their commitment.

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, commended the judiciary for its stabilizing role in the electoral process.

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Fagbemi stated that the Court of Appeal plays a pivotal role in shaping and strengthening electoral jurisprudence.

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, observed that political matters often dominate adjudicatory activities.

According to Ariwoola, there’s need to review and learn from past experiences to improve the electoral process.

Clement Nwankwo, Executive Director of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, stressed the importance of the judiciary in correcting electoral errors.

Nwankwo encouraged judges to review past judgments and decisions to ensure justice and fairness in the electoral process.

The workshop aimed promote judicial excellence, electoral integrity, and democratic governance, aligning with the current administration’s vision for judicial reforms and good governance.

 

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