NEWS: INEC To Register More Political Parties For 2019 Elections


Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said there was the possibility that the commission would enroll more political parties before the 2019 general elections.

Mahmood Yakubu The Commission’s daily report issued on Saturday in Abuja cited Yakubu as saying that INEC had gotten more than 120 applications from political associations seeking to get signed up as political parties.

“Already, there are 46 registered political parties and recently a court of law ordered the commission to register one more association as political party.

“Obviously, by the time the commission processes outstanding applications, the number of political parties will possibly increase,’’ Yakubu said.

Similarly, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has assured the commitment of the association to support the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country.

According to a statement by an INEC Deputy Director, Mr Aliyu Bello, President of NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud, made the pledge during a two-day retreat organised for newly appointed Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Uyo.

Mahmoud restated the readiness of the Bar to monitor and observe elections, adding that the association would support INEC to enhance the credibility of the electoral process. NAN

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