- INEC's decision to deregister 74 political parties continues to generate reactions
- Nigeria's 18 remaining parties on Tuesday, February 11 backed the decision of INEC
- The parties under the umbrella of Inter-Party Advisory Council said the action of INEC was constitutional
Nigeria's 18 remaining parties on Tuesday, February 11 backed the recent deregistration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a communique signed at the end of an emergency meeting by the political parties under the umbrella of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), the council said the action of INEC was constitutional.
“It is therefore based on the lawfulness of the action of the commission, the desirability of the need to sanitize the electoral space that we the 18 political parties in Nigeria hereby endorse this bold step by INEC and commend it for this worthy cause,” the council said in the communique signed by its representatives and sent to journalists.
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While sympathising with the remaining 74 political party chairmen who they described as colleagues and allies, IPAC, however, noted that “it is this will to implement the law despite whose ox is gored that we require for our nation-building.”
Meanwhile, the new development created a vacuum in the leadership of the council and the parties have now resolved to set up an Interim Management Committee to run the affairs of IPAC for the time being.
The membership of the new committee is expected to be drawn from only the currently existing political parties.
The committee is headed by the chairman of the African Action Congress, Dr. Leonard Nzenwa
Similarly, election observer group, Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has commended INEC's decision to deregister 74 political parties.
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.
In another development, INEC has promised to ensure that People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) are carried along in its electoral policies.
The assurance was given by INEC's Civil Society Desk officer, Samuel Bassey on Monday, February 10 in Abuja.
“There is a framework used to help structure the commission's obligations towards the PLWDs community by identifying the challenges that they face,” Bassey said.
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