The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday it has rejected 61 association seeking to be registered as political parties.
INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu stated this while presenting registration certificates to 21 political parties that were registered in December last year.
Yakubu also said that Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) was also registered and issued with certificates which raised the number of political parties in Nigeria to 68.
“At the moment, 90 applications are under consideration by the commission. Out of this number, 61 associations have failed the initial assessment of their proposed names, logos or acronyms and have been notified,” Yakubu said adding that 25 associations that passed initial assessment have been advised to proceed to the next stage of the registration process.
“Four associations are undergoing preliminary assessments of the suitability of their proposed names, logos and acronyms,” Yakubu said.
The INEC chairman disclosed that since the registration of the 21 new political parties, the Commission has received more applications from associations seeking registration as political parties, assured all associations that the Commission will continue to treat each application fairly and on its merit consistent with the provisions of the law.
“For the 21 new political parties, it is pertinent to always remember that your Certificates of Registration not only formalise your status as political parties but also confer obligations on you to operate within the requirements of the law at all times. You must add value to our democracy by adhering to the tenets of democratic norms anchored on the rule of law. In electing your officials as well as candidates for various elective positions, ensure free and transparent processes devoid of rancour. Ensure equal opportunity for all members of your parties irrespective of gender, age or physical disabilities.
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