Court Rules Against Deployment Of Soldiers For Elections

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By Nuel Suji, Abuja.

A Federal High Court in Abuja, has ruled against the deployment of the Military to the polling units in the coming general elections.

Justice Ibrahim Buba in his ruling, Monday morning held that Military presence during elections as proposed by the Federal Government, was unconstitutional and anti-democratic.

The plan to deploy the military during elections had been criticized by the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), while the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had argued that military presence would provide security for the electorates and electoral personnel alike.

APC had alleged that soldiers were used to aid election rigging in the 2014 Ekiti governorship election, but the PDP dismissed the arguments saying the military was present at both Edo and Ondo governorship elections and both were won by opposition parties.