The Independent National Electoral Commission has been ordered to immediately register the Young Democratic Party as political party, just about 23 days to the general elections.
The order was given on Wednesday by Justice Ahmed Mohammed at the Federal High Court in Abuja. It was contained in his judgment on the suit filed by the party, challenging its denial of registration by INEC.
According to Justice Mohammed, the YDP was deemed registered when INEC failed to inform the then political association of its decision not to register it as a political party within 30 days of receiving its application, as required under Section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act, 2010.
INEC was said to have received the association’s application on April 1, 2014 but only notified the applicant of its decision not to register it on September 15, 2014.