Catholic body writes INEC ahead of general elections

Catholic body writes INEC ahead of general elections

- INEC has been asked by a group to de-register 33 non-performing political parties

- The group said political parties that participated in a governorship election and failed to make 25% of the votes cast in at least one local government area should be de-registered

- According to group, its letter was to draw the attention of the commission to the provisions of Section 225A(b) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as provided by the Fourth Alteration, No. 9 Act, 2017

The Justice Development and Peace Initiative (JDPI) of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding de-registration of 33 non-performing political parties.

The JDPI said in the letter dated January 12 that it was making the call based on the provisions of the 1999 constitution.

It said that constitution provided that INEC had unfettered power to de-register a political party which participated in a governorship election and failed to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one local government of the state in the said election.

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The Director of JDPI, Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, Rev. Father Emmanuel Akingbade, who signed the letter, said the letter was to draw INEC’s attention to the provisions of Section 225A(b) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as provided by the Fourth Alteration, No. 9 Act, 2017.

JDPI urged INEC to exercise the power therein guaranteed against the 33 political parties which participated in the Ekiti state governorship election held on July 14, 2018.

It urged the commission to de-register all the political parties that participated in the governorship election with the exception of APC and PDP for outright failure to make 25 per cent of the votes cast in at least one local government area of the state.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that INEC released the guidelines for conduct of 2019 general elections. In reaction, the Coalition of United Political Parties and Inter-party Advisory Council unanimously kicked against the draft guidelines presented to them by the commission.

The two bodies in a statement vowed to approach the court to compel the commission to reverse what they argue was a bias against the opposition parties, with the sole aim of allegedly rigging the elections.

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