60 More Political Parties Set To Emerge Ahead Of 2019

By Ikenga Chronicles December 18, 2016

60 More Political Parties Set To Emerge Ahead Of 2019

Ahead of 2019, no fewer than 60 associations have put in application with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be considered for registration as political parties.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi who disclosed this on Saturday at the two-day capacity development workshop for INEC’s press corps held in Abuja noted that the commission is already considering the applications to ascertain if they meet the required standards.

According to records, despite having 40 political parties currently existing, less than ten political parties have elected political office holders either at the state or federal level.

He said that since the law did not also put a restriction on the number of political parties than can be registered, it therefore does not have the power to stop the registration of any new political party.

He further stated that at a time, the commission attempted to de-list non-functioning political parties, the court restrained it and hence in accordance with the court ruling, the commission has no power to turn down any group.

He said, “Presently, we have 40 political parties in the country. I can tell you that as at Thursday, December 15, 60 associations have approached the commission to be registered.”

“Their application is presently[being] attended to and they are in different levels of processing.”

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