Why INEC Issued Certificates Of Registration To 22 Parties – Soyebi

Solomon Soyebi

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission has explained the rationale behind the registration of 21 new political parties in 2017, bringing the total number of parties to 68.

INEC National Commissioner, Mr Solomon Soyebi, said 22 parties were issued certificates of registration in line with the order of a court to register 21 additional parties and re-register one.

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“The issue of registration of political parties is a purely legal issue and you will realise that the commission operates within the law,” he said on Wednesday during his appearance on Politics Today.

“All we are here to do is just to obey the law and carry out our duties at least within the ambit of the law.”

On the steps taken before any political party can be recognised by the electoral body, Soyebi reiterated that the registration of political parties is done in accordance with the Constitution.

He said: “INEC does not really register political parties; it is the laws of the land that register political parties. Those associations that have met the regulations for registrations were given certificates of registrations yesterday.

“If you listen very carefully to the (INEC) Chairman too, we still have about 90 more associations undergoing different screenings and processes and anybody who meets the conditions for registrations, according to the laws of the land, will be registered.”

“That was what happened today with the issue of certificates to 21 newly registered political parties; it is the law that registers not INEC,” the national commissioner insisted.

INEC had earlier announced the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections.

According to the Commission on Tuesday, the presidential and national assembly elections will hold on February 16, 2019, while March 2, 2019, has been fixed for the governorship and state assembly polls.

Giving reasons for the announcement, Soyebi said the timetable was released earlier to avail INEC as well as the political parties and their aspirants enough time to prepare for the elections.

INEC Registers 21 New Political Parties

INEC Registers 21 New Political Parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered 21 new political parties, taking the number of registered parties in Nigeria to 67.

The decision was taken on Thursday during the weekly meeting of the electoral body held at the INEC Headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

A statement signed by INEC National Commissioner, May Agbamuche-Mbu, said the parties were registered after they fulfilled the requirements provided by the constitution.

They are All Blending Party (ABP), All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Coalition for Change (C4C), Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), and Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN).

Others are Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP), Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN), Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA), Modern Democratic Party (MDP), National Interest Party (NIP), National Rescue Mission (NRM), and New Progressive Movement (NPM).

Also registered are Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), People Alliance for National Development and Liberty (PANDEL), People’s Trust (PT), Providence People’s Congress (PPC), Re-Build Nigeria Party (RBNP), Restoration Party of Nigeria (RP), and Sustainable National Party (SNP).

The statement said the meeting also took decisions on the findings on the allegation of double registration by Kogi State Governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, and the outstanding Anambra central Senatorial re-run election.

On the issue of double registration, it said: “The commission set up a panel of investigation into the involvement of staff in the matter. The initial report submitted by the panel was referred to the Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee, which made recommendations to the Commission.

“While the Governor of Kogi State currently enjoys immunity from prosecution, the commission took the following decisions in respect of its own staff: summary dismissal of two staff for acts of gross misconduct; immediate and compulsory retirement of an electoral officer for act of gross misconduct.”

On the Anambra re-run election, the statement added: “It will be recalled that following the judgment of the Court of Appeal, the commission announced that the outstanding election to fill the vacant seat for the Anambra Central Senatorial District would take place on January 13, 2018.

“However, the attention of the commission has been drawn to the judgement of the Federal High Abuja on the issue, delivered on December 13, 2017. The commission has applied for the Certified True Copy of the judgement to enable us to take a decision.”

Anambra Elections: APC, PPA Woo Supporters

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Ten days to the governorship election in Anambra state, some political parties so not want to take anything for granted.

Among which are the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) who have continued to canvass for support from the electorates.

While the candidate of the PPA, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, discussed the social contract he signed with the people of Anambra on his campaign flag off day in an interactive session with youths in Awka, the candidate of the APC, Mr Tony Nwoye, held a rally in Njikoka local government area of the state.

Mr Nwoye on Wednesday assured the people of effective governance and leadership that would engender strong educational foundation, conduct of local government election and focus on agriculture.

On the other hand, PPA’s Ezeemo, has a manifesto bordering on five cardinal areas of security, Health, Agriculture, Power, and Education where he hosted a critical interactive session with youth leaders.

He said, “I have a contract which I have already signed on my flag off day and I did this because I wish to offer a service to the entire people of Anambra state and particularly the youths who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow.

“Leaders of tomorrow in the sense that you have more to benefit or more to lose if anything goes wrong within this arrangement called Nigeria or within Anambra state itself. For that reason, I and my team look to the fact that you have been neglected in the past.”

He further reiterated his commitment to empowering the youths in a quest to develop the state.

“I shall establish a leadership development and research center that will help Anambra state raise our youths to become competent leaders in future within my first six months in office.

“I shall engage in innovative and effective orientation, mind set change and mentorship programme for our youths across the state within my first six months in office.

“I shall build modern skills acquisition and resource centers in three senatorial zones in Anambra state. They will award National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, certificate within my first one year in office,” he added.

In a similar vein, Mr Nwoye promised to boost the education of children in the state, should he emerge governor.