2019 Election: INEC Panics over Copious Number of Political Parties

2019 Election: INEC Panics over Copious Number of Political Parties
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu/ Photo credit: Thisdaylive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has narrated that too many number of political associations are seeking for acknowledgment as political parties by the commission.

Beside the on-ground 68 registered Political parties in the country, over 100 various political bodies are now applying to be registered as political parties.

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INEC Chairman, speaking through the Technical Adviser to the Commission Prof. Bolade Eyinla declared that with the look of things going on in the country’s political system, the commission might be confronted with challenges in the upcoming 2019 general elections.

Prof. Eyinla, in his commentary during a retreat organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), said; “Currently there are 68 registered political parties in Nigeria. As of today, there are more than 100 associations that have applied to INEC to register as political parties. This raises a number of questions which we want this retreat to address.

“We are also going to be challenged if these 68 political parties and counting continue this way. We are just a commission. I cannot begin to imagine even as the technical adviser, how we will divide ourselves to monitor party conventions and primaries of 68 political parties across the length and breadth of this country.”

The statement was released on Monday January 29, 2018 in Abuja.

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Also, INEC has declared that it would always obey calls for any amendment to the Electoral Act or Timetable by the National Assembly, provided it is legitimate and prompt, following the proposal for amendment of the 2019 election timetable by House of Representatives.


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