- INEC's decision to deregister 74 political parties continues to generate reactions across the country
- A major stakeholder in Nigeria's elections has hailed the electoral body for its decision
- The Centre for Transparency Advocacy says the move is a welcome development and its healthy for the country's electoral reforms
Election Observer group, the Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has commended Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s decision to deregister 74 political parties.
The electoral commission announced its decision on Thursday, February 6.
Before now, Nigerian had 92 political parties and there have been calls for the electoral body to send some of them packing.
With INEC's move, Nigeria now has 16 political parties with 2 pending with the ruling All Progressives Congress and main opposition -Peoples Democratic Party leading the pack.
CTA, a major stakeholder in the polity, described INEC's decision as a bold move that will bring further reforms to Nigeria's electoral process.
The group in a statement by its executive director, Faith Nwadishi commended the INEC, while urging the degeristered parties to accept the decision in good faith and align themselves with other parties whose ideologies are in line with theirs.
She called on Nigerians, to join INEC in its bid to reform the electoral process to sustain the nation's democracy.
“With this decision, only 18 political parties having met the constitutional requirements are therefore allowed to exist,” she said.
She said the reasons adduced by INEC for its action has the backing of the 1999 constitution (4th alteration number 9), Act 2017, section 225A, which empowers the Commission to deregister any political party if; failure to win at least 25% of votes cast in one state of the federation in the presidential election or one LGA of a state in a governorship election
Others include failure to win at least one ward in the chairmanship election, one seat in the National or State Assembly election or one seat in the councillorship election.
Meanwhile, INEC has fixed the dates for the upcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.
INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, in a press briefing on Thursday, February 6, disclosed that the Edo governorship election will hold on September 19, while that of Ondo state will hold October 10.
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