The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that there may be at least 100 political parties contecting for elective positions in the 2019 general elections.
The commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this while speaking at an election stakeholders’ summit in Abuja.
“As at June 8, 2018, we have received requests from 138 associations to register as political parties to join the already 68 registered political parties. So, we may have more than the 68 registered political parties before the 2019 general elections,” he said.
While he expressed concern that the additions could prove problematic and have a significant impact on logistics for next year’s elections, he explained that the commission lacks powers to stop political associations from applying to register.
He also said the commission is also collaborating with security agencies and formulating administrative procedures to check incidences of vote-buying at polling centres.
Support InfoStride News' Credible Journalism: Only credible journalism can guarantee a fair, accountable and transparent society, including democracy and government. It involves a lot of efforts and money. We need your support. Click here to Donate