- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has refused to expose some of its sensitive 2019 general elections materials
- INEC said that its reason for taking this stand is that it is in keeping with its policy
- The commission also called on Nigerians to stop blaming it for registering many political parties
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that due to its policy, it cannot subject some of its sensitive 2019 general elections material for inspection by political parties.
INEC's chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, represented by the commission's national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, Barr Festus Okoye, gave this explanation on Monday, May 6, in Abuja, Leadership reports.
Represented by INEC national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr Festus Okoye, the commission stated that some sensitive materials cannot be exposed.
In his statement, Okoye asked the electorate not to blame INEC for the registration of many political parties as the only critical condition for registration during election is having an office in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He explained: “Having a multiparty democracy is not akin to having 1,000 political parties that espouse almost the same ideology.”
“We have had instances where some people blame INEC for registering too many parties. The truth of the matter is that the registration of political parties is a function of the Constitution framework.
“The condition which a political party must meet in order to be registered is embedded in the law and the only condition which is the Constitution framework is that such an association must have an office in the FCT.
“It is immaterial whether the office is located in Maitama; it is immaterial if the office is located in Gwagwalada; it is immaterial whether the office is located in Kuje, so long as the association has an office in the Federal Capital Territory, it suffices; every other thing is paper work.
“And the law also said that if the commission does not register the party within 30 days and does not give reasons for its non-registration, that the association becomes a political party automatically.
“As Nigerians and as journalists, we need a national conversation on whether we need to improve on the regime of political parties registration or whether we need the number of political parties we have as at today.
“Having a multiparty democracy is not akin to having 1000 political parties that espouse almost the same ideology. So we need a national conversation.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the director of strategic communications of President Muhammadu Buhari 2019 presidential campaign, Festus Keyamo (SAN) on Thursday, April 25, told Nigerians not to fall for the viral video where INEC reportedly said election result would be transmitted electronically.
Keyamo said the alleged video should not be taken seriously as it is a fake one by the opposition.
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