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2019: INEC registers 5 new political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday announced the registration of five new political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Adedeji Soyebi, INEC’s Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, made the disclosure at the end of the commission’s meeting in Kaduna.

“At present, 95 associations have applied to the commission for registration as political parties. Two of the associations voluntarily withdrew their applications.

“The commission today approved the applications of five of the associations which have fulfilled the constitutional requirements for registration,” Soyebi said.

On the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), which began on April 27, he said that no fewer than 760,989 voters had so far been registered nationwide.

The five new registered parties are Young Progressives Party (YPP), Advanced People Democratic Alliance (APDA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGPN), All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM) and Action Democratic Party (ADP)

Recall that the commission had earlier announced the receipt of 95 new application seeking registration.

Addressing Journalists Monday in Kaduna shortly after the opening ceremony of the Workshop to Review INEC Communications Policy, Prof. Mahmood said they have received applications from various intending political parties, adding that the applications will be looked into at a meeting of the Commission Wednesday in Kaduna and those successful will be announced soon.

“I have said that we would be holding a mid-quarterly review of our activities and preparation as we head towards the 2019 general elections after every six weeks, by Wednesday, the mid-quarterly review will come up here in Kaduna on the ongoing continuous voters registration nationwide.”

Speaking on the essence of the workshop held with the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the INEC boss said, “While the current policy has served the Commission, it is obvious that a review is necessary as we prepare for the 2019 general elections. Such a review is significant in order to achieve four objectives; a comprehensive review of the policy to determine what worked and what needed to fine-tune.

Prof. Mahmood said since 2015 general elections significant changes have taken place in the political and electoral arena that should be taken into consideration in planning for the next general elections.

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