October 18, 2018

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INEC Registers 23 New Political Parties

INEC Registers 23 New Political Parties
INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakub
INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakub

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has registered 23 new parties for the 2019 general elections bringing the total number of parties in the country to 91.
In a statement issued by Mohammed Haruna, INEC’s National Commissioner and Member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, the registration of the new parties was one of the decisions taken at its regular meeting held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
The Commission said it received 144 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties and at the end of the screening, the 23 were found worthy of being registered.
The statement reads:
“After a rigorous process of evaluation in accordance with the Constitution and Electoral Act which included assessment of the constitutions and manifestos of the intending parties and verification of membership of their executive committees and offices, the 23 associations met all the requirements and so have been registered as political parties.
This brings the number of political parties to 91 and will be the last round of registration of parties until after the general elections on February 16, 2019.
This suspension is in line with Section 78 (1) of the Electoral Act, which requires all applications for registration as political party to be concluded latest six months to a general election.”
The statement added that the new parties would receive their Certificate of Registration on Thursday at INEC’s headquarters.
The newly registered parties are Advanced Alliance Party (AAP), Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), African Action Congress (AAC), Alliance for a United Nigeria (AUN), Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD), Alliance National Party (ANP) and Allied People’s Movement (APM).
Others are Alternative Party of Nigeria (APN), Change Nigeria Party (CNP), Congress Of Patriots (COP), Liberation Movement (LM), Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP), Nigeria for Democracy (NFD) and Peoples Coalition Party (PCP)
Also registered were Reform and Advancement Party (RAP), Save Nigeria Congress (SNC), United Patriots (UP), United Peoples Congress (UPC), We The People Nigeria (WTPN), YES Electorates Solidarity (YES), Youth Party (YP), and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

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