- INEC has commenced verification of political parties in Abuja
- The commission also set up eight teams of its Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) department to verify 92 registered political parties
- According to the commission, there are six criteria which INEC expects from every registered political party
In efforts to check activities of political parties in the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started verification of the presence of the 92 registered parties in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to New Telegraph, INEC has set up eight teams of its Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) department to verify the 92 registered political parties.
Musa Husunu, deputy director in the EPM department, said there are some criteria which INEC expects from every registered political party. They include:
1. Evidence of headquarters in the FCT
2. Second is the five copies of the constitution of the party
3. List of NWC members, then membership register, and a book of account
4. The physical presence of offices for NWC members
5. A registered political party is also expected to have offices in two-third of the 36 states of the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the PDP’s demand for the resignation of the chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, was rejected by a forum of 55 political parties in the country.
The main opposition party had made the demand following statement by two INEC commissioners over the efficacy of the smart card readers.
But the forum of 55 political parties in a statement on Sunday, December 1, faulted the call by the opposition party for the removal of the INEC boss.
The chairman of the National Unity Party (NUP), who doubles as chairman of the forum, Perry Opara, argued that PDP cannot be crying wolf when members of the party played a role politically and judicially neutralizing the efficacy of the smart card readers.
“The position of the Supreme Court which for now is the law makes the Voter Register the final proof of the accreditation of voters. Hence, making the record of the Card Reader inadmissible in Court as proof of accreditation," Opara said.
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