We recognise only 18 political parties – INEC

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that following the ruling of the Supreme Court last Friday, Nigeria now has only 18 political parties.

Mr. Nick Danzang, INEC’s Director, Voter Education and Publicity, while speaking on Monday during a Channels TV programme, Politics Today, said; “As we speak now, we have 18 registered political parties,” in response to a question on how many political parties we have in Nigeria.

“Before the conduct of the 2019 general elections, we had 73 parties that fielded candidates. And in the aftermath of the conduct of the 2019 general elections, and as it is expected by us, by law, whatever a general election is conducted, INEC does an assessment of the performance of the political parties.

“And where the parties are found wanting, for example if they are not able to win any seat at all in the elections, then INEC had the right by law to deregister them.”

However, the Chairwoman of the Young Democratic Party, Georgina Dakpokpo, who also featured on the programme, disagreed with the INEC official.

She said, “We will still continue to function as political parties because by the decision of the Court of Appeal, we are still political parties.

“We will continue to operate as political parties pending the final decision of the Supreme Court on INEC’s appeal before them. As of today, we are still very well, legally registered political parties in Nigeria.”

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