SDP drags Katsina Electoral Commission to court over local election charges

The Katsina State chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has filed a suit in the state High Court against the Katsina State Independent Electoral Commission (KTSIEC) for imposing a non-refundable fee of N3 million on candidates seeking to run for chairmanship positions and N1 million on those seeking to run for councillor positions in the February 15, 2025 local government elections in the state.

The party said it decided to sue due to financial barriers and other stringent conditions imposed by KTSIEC regarding the elections.

Chairman Katsina SDP, Bello Adamu Safana, disclosed this at a press conference in Katsina on Friday.

The suit, scheduled for hearing on Monday, June 24, 2024, seeks a Katsina State High Court to clarify whether the KTSIEC guidelines are in compliance with constitutional provisions and the Electoral Act.

“Our great party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which stands for social justice, equity and accountability, considers this situation to be not only illegal and regressive but also a deliberate attempt to undermine democracy and eliminate competent and qualified candidates who are well qualified to serve the good people of Katsina State,” Safana noted.

According to him, the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) guarantees citizens the right to participate in elections without discriminatory financial burden.

Further, he said the suit is aimed at ensuring a fair opportunity for all political parties in the state to participate and field candidates for various posts in the local councils, unlike the present situation where the ruling party has control over the entire region.


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