CJN swears in 85 judges for Edo, Ondo elections, others

Chief Justice Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, has sworn in 85 judges to adjudicate on election petitions from the upcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States as well as by-elections scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in other states.

The Edo election is slated for September 19, while that of Ondo comes up on October 10. The 85 judges are drawn from the Federal High Court and state high court spokesperson of the Court of Appeal, Ms. Sa’adatu Kachalla in a statement, said the judges would be inaugurated in Abuja.

After the inauguration, the judges will undergo a one-day training on the election petition tribunal matters, to be organised by the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, on Friday. Although, INEC had earlier announced that it willnrecruit no fewer than 17,000 staff for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, revealed the figure yesterday in Akure while opening a workshop for journalists on elections. Not less than 50 journalists from the print, electronic and online media organisations participated in the workshop. Okoye said of the figure, 15,000 would be ad hoc staff, made up of members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) and students of federal tertiary institutions, supervising presiding officers and collation and returning officers. The commissioner said INEC was prepared to conduct the election in line with COVID-19 protocols. He said the INEC would provide basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face masks, sanitisers, infra-red thermometers and disinfectants at polling units for its staff.

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