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We have received 95 applications for registration as new political parties - INEC
We have received 95 applications for registration as new political parties - INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would on Wednesday disclose its decision on political associations seeking to be registered as political parties.

Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in an interview with journalists at the ongoing workshop to review INEC’s Communication Policy, on Monday in Abuja.

Yakubu said the decision would be made public after the commission's meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) scheduled for Wednesday in Kaduna.

“Let me assure Nigerians that under the Electoral Act, the commission is required to register new political parties and the guidelines are very clear for registration.

“As at last week we received 95 applications for registration as new political parties.

“At the end of this workshop there is going to be a retreat on Wednesday to review the ongoing voter registration, followed by a meeting of the commission here in Kaduna.

“There will be a statement on parties after the meeting of the commission,” Yakubu said.

He added that the commission would on Wednesday also give an update on the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), after the commission’s meeting with the field officers to review the exercise.

“We will do a mid-quarter review after six weeks and the mid-quarter review will come up here in Kaduna and we will issue our statement here after.”

Yakubu also disclosed that the commission would extend the CVR in Anambra to ward levels ahead of the state governorship election.

He added that people who registered in the state before the first quarter 2017 would obtain their Permanent​ Voter Cards (PVCs) before the state governorship election.

“We will soon announce the date for the commencement of the exercise.

“So those who have registered under the current CVR and those who will register when we devolve to ward level will all have their PVCs ahead of the election.

“For those who have registered and are going to vote in Anambra, i want to assure them that they will have their cards. It is for those who have done it in the first quarter of this year.”

On the pending Senatorial district election in Anambra, the chairman said that specific date was yet to be fixed for the election as the case was still in court.

“You know the matter is before the Court of Appeal.

“A date was fixed, May 30, but at the court, one of the parties prayed for adjournment to June 12 or June 13.”

Jun 06, 2017

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