The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has registered ten more political parties.
This brings the total number of registered political parties to 40!
The commission said in its official website that 10 new political parties were recently registered, thereby increasing the number of the parties from existing 30.
Here is a list of the newly registered political parties:
- Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP)
- Democratic Alternative (DA)
- Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN)
- National Action Council (NAC)
- National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP)
- Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP)
- National Unity Party (NUP)
- Nigeria People’s Congress (NPC)
- Peoples Progressive Party (PPP)
- Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
INEC’s Deputy Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Nick Dazang, explained the rationale for registering the parties.
According to Mr. Dazang, the 10 new political parties were among those deregistered a while ago.
He said they were re-registered based on subsisting court orders.
“The commission on September 1, approved the acceptance and restoration of 10 political parties.
“This is in compliance with a court order pending an appeal.
“It also directed that this restoration should be reflected on its website in compliance with court judgments” Dazang said.
In a related development, Hope Democratic Party has urged an Abuja Federal High Court to compel INEC, to adopt electronic voting in the 2019 general election.