- INEC issued certificates to the 23 newly registered political parties
- It, however, said they can not participate in the Osun gubernatorial election
- The electoral body urged the parties to respect their constitutions
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has barred the new registered 23 political parties from participating in the Osun gubernatorial election.
The Punch reports that the chairman of the electoral body, Mahmood Yakubu, said this in Abuja on Thursday, August 16 when he handed over certificates to the new parties.
He said: “The 23 political parties emerged out of 144 applications received by the commission so far from associations seeking registration as political parties. I wish to congratulate the chairmen and leaders of the new political parties for meeting the criteria enshrined in the constitution for your registration as political parties.
“Needless to add, from today, you are recognised as political parties under the law. From today also, you have equal status with any political party in Nigeria. This means you can sponsor candidates for elections including the 2019 general election.
“However, since the commission has closed nomination for the Osun State governorship election holding on September 22, 2018, none of you can sponsor a candidate for that election. From today, you are also members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council.”
He urged the parties to “honour their party constitutions and abide by INEC’s regulations, the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Yakubu also spoke about the 2019 elections saying formal activities start on Friday, August 17.
He said: “The formal commencement of activities for the 2019 general election will begin on Friday (today) with the publication of Notice of Poll. Already, the commission has concluded arrangements for doing so in all our offices nationwide as required by law.
“This will be followed by the conduct of party primaries beginning from Saturday, August 18, 2018, till October 7, 2018. I wish to assure you that the commission will continue to work closely with all political parties.”
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He noted that one of INEC’s major problems was how to curb vote-buying.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that in preparation for the forthcoming 2019 general election, scores of parties are said to be battle ready to oust the present ruling party out of power.
The report quoted Nigerian Tribune as saying that a coalition of 36 political parties on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, said that it had set up a steering committee saddled with the responsibility of coming out with a blueprint on the solutions to the nation’s problems.
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