Mudiaga Affe, Calabar
the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini, on Thursday said the Supreme Court ruling on the delineation of Bakassi had vindicated the Independent National Electoral Commission, which re-delineated the un-ceded areas of the old Bakassi Local Government Area.
The Supreme Court had on February 23 ruled that INEC should create an electoral constituency in Bakassi.
But Igini, who was a former REC in Cross River State, noted that INEC had already done the needful by delineating Dayspring 1, 2 and Qua Island.
Igini said, “I would rather thank my Lord Justices of the Apex Court for the landmark judgment. No state House of Assembly has the constitutional power to create, alter or delineate a state constituency and compel the commission to obey same.
“But that the power any state House of Assembly has under Section 4(7) of the constitution, as re-affirmed now by the apex court, is to adjust boundaries between local governments within a state for the purposes of development and not for elections and therefore the commission cannot be compelled to obey Law No. 7 of Cross River State.
“This final judgment after seven years has finally put to rest the trauma the people of Bakassi have gone through and l congratulate them heartily as l also feel a sense of vindication having regard to the sponsored protest to my office then, because l stood on the side of the rule of law and constitutionalism.”
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