By Ogbolu George
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has disclosed that 86 political associations have applied for registration as political parties.
said the number of political association that have applied for registration as political parties is now 86.
The commission’s boss disclosed this during the quarterly consultative meeting with leaders of the political parties, held at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
”Today’s quarterly meeting brings together INEC and political parties in order to discuss a number of pertinent issues in the management of our democracy.
”Political Parties are the only vehicles by which persons can contest for elective positions in our country. This means parties are central to our democracy,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yakubu welcomed back the 10 political parties that were deregistered after the 2015 general elections but were reinstated by court orders.
”As always, INEC will abide by court orders on this one and all other matters,” he said.
The reinstated parties are; Better Nigerian Peoples Party (BNPP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Democratic Alternatives (DA), National Action Council (NAC), National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP), Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN), National Conscience Party (NCP), Nigerian Elements progressive Party (NEPP) and National Unity Party (NUP).