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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

2019: 80 New Groups Seeking To Register As Political Parties – INEC

Nigeria's political field is widening and more people and groups are seeking to join in the electoral process as the West African nation struggles to find competent leaders
Is Nigeria's politics becoming more juicy?
INEC has a lot on its plate already but more people and groups are craving its attention to join the race ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The commission also said it is besieged with requests by people advocating for independent candidates to be allowed to run for office.
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Tuesday in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room's forum on Elections.
Represented by a National Commissioner in the commission, Kunle Ogunmola, the commission’s boss explained that the nation’s extant laws do not limit the number of political parties.
In his keynote presentation, Yakubu said: “We will continue to register parties as long as they comply with the provisions of the constitution. For now, we have registered 21 more parties, making a total of 67 now.
“We have about 80 more applications from various associations, wanting to get registered as political parties. Our hands are tied. There is no way we can regulate it for now. We will continue to register them until the time stipulated by the constitution for us to put a stop to it”.
Last week, the electoral body announced the approval of 21 new political parties, increasing the number of parties from 46 to 67.
A statement by the Commission’s National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee, May Agbamuche-Mbu, listed the political parties to include: All Blending Party (ABP), All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Coalition for Change (C4C), Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN) and Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP).
Others are: Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN), Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA), Modern Democratic Party (MDP), National Interest Party (NIP), National Rescue Mission (NRM), New Progressive Movement (NPM), Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP) and People’s Alliance for National Development and Liberty (PANDEL) among others.
However, some political commentators have expressed concern that the move could create problems for voters to identify the political parties of their choice on ballot papers.
They hinged their argument on the low literacy rate in the country.
In his remarks, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the government believes in a credible electoral process that provides a sustainable basis for the survival of democracy in the country.

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