INEC issues certificates to new parties, reads riot act to them


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday issued certificate to the five recently registered political parties.

The electoral umpire also vowed to deregister any political party that errs by violating the electoral laws.

The INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, stated this when he handed the certificate to the five parties which are Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Democratic People’s Movement (ADPM), Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGPN) and the Young Progressive Party (YPP).

With the reception of their certificate of registration, Nigeria now has 45 political parties.

Mahmood said, “The commission will continue to strictly monitor the activities of all political parties and will not hesitate to apply sanctions against any violation of the law governing the terms and conditions of your registration.

“I wish to remind all political parties that the law also provides for de-registration of parties. We shall vigorously apply this aspect of the law as the need arises.

“As we approach some of the outstanding bye-elections, the three governorship elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states and ultimately the 2019 general elections, the commission will pay special attention to the conduct of political parties as well as their candidates and supporters.

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“Hate speech and other violations of the electoral acts attract appropriate sanctions under the law. I wish to assure all political parties that we shall continue to consult you as major partners in the electoral process.

“We will continue to work with the inter-Party Advisory Council in our shared commitment to improving our electoral process.”

For the newly registered political parties, INEC chairman cautioned them not to see the registration as an end in itself but a chance to exercise the critical role of political parties in the best interest of the nation’s budding democracy.

 

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