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JDPI Wants INEC To De-register 33 Political Parties



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been advised to deregister some political parties in the country, said to be non-performing and weak.

The Justice Development and Peace Initiative (JDPI) of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti made the call in a letter dated January 12, 2019 and addressed to the INEC national chairman.

JDPI premised its call for the deregistration of the political parties on the provision of the 1999 constitution, which it said provided that “INEC has unfettered power to de-register a political party which participates in a governorship election and fails to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one local government of the state in the said election.”

In the letter signed by the Director of JDPI, Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, Reverend Father Emmanuel Akingbade, the body said it was writing to bring INEC to the provisions of Section 225A(b) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria “as provided by the Fourth Alteration, No. 9 Act, 2017.”

Father Akingbade said it was to “humbly” urge INEC to “exercise the power therein guaranteed against thirty-three political parties which participated in the Ekiti State governorship election held on the 14th of July, 2018.”

The letter was entitled: “Petition requesting the INEC to exercise its constitutional power as provided under Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended to deregister 33 out of the 35 political parties which participated in the Ekiti State governorship election held on the 14th July, 2018.”

According to the JDPI, “We have it on records from the declarations of Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, who was returning officer for the election on 15th July as follows:

“Total number of registered voters: 909,585; total number of accredited voters: 405,861; total number of valid votes: 384,594; total number of rejected votes: 18,857; total number of votes cast: 403,451.”

Among the political parties that participated in the election, JDPI said the political parties it was calling for de-registration did not score up to 25 per cent and attached a copy of its analysis of the election results “as one of the accredited domestic observers of the elections.”

The JDPI said it was obvious from its records as one of the accredited observers of the election that “the local government with the least votes cast was Ilejemeje and the 25 per cent of the votes cast therein ought to be 2,097, which is even more than the total votes received by each of the participating political parties except All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”

The NGO said it considered it “imperative to bring the above to your notice, and to humbly urge you to exercise your constitutional power in the circumstance in the overall interest of our country whose supreme law must be adhered to in all circumstances.”

The group said “In the light of the foregoing, we request you to de-register all the political parties that participated in the Ekiti State July 14, 2018 governorship election with the exemption of APC and PDP for outright failure to make 25 per cent of the votes cast in at least one local government area of the state.”







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