INEC to propose constitutional amendment to cut number of political parties


Still on political matters, the Independent National Electoral Commission is lamenting the growing number of political parties in Nigeria.

Speaking in Makurdi Benue state over the weekend, INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye says the commission would propose alterations to constitutional provisions regarding registration and de-registration of political parties in the country as well as timelines for filing some pre-election cases.

This comes as the electoral umpire announced the registration of Nigeria’s 93rd political party, Boot Party.

The Commission described most of the political platforms as “commercial platforms for hire”, in reference to their customary defection to either of Nigeria’s two major political parties, the All Progressives Congress APC and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Haruna, the National Commissioner in charge of Kwara, Kogi and Nasarawa States, said there were 799 litigations from the 2019 general elections across the country.

He said that Jigawa had no petition from the election, Kwara had only three petitions and that Imo topped the list with 77 petitions.

Haruna said that there were over 800 million pre-election cases across the country that arose from political parties’ primary elections.

“So you can see that with these kinds of problems we had, there is really a need to look at the number of political parties.

“We really need to do something about the 91 political parties, not just the quantity which generally speaking the public have begun to complain that 93 political parties are on the high side,” he added.

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