The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will continue to register any association that meet legal requirements for registration as political party ahead of 2019 general elections.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
Yakubu, however, said that any party registered six months to the general elections would not be allowed to participate in the elections.
“Once associations meet the legal requirements as political parties, the commission is under obligation to register them, but the law also provides for a period of six months to general elections.
“It states that any association registered as a political party six months to the election cannot participate in the general elections.
“We have 68 political parties at the moment. As at last week, we had received applications from 130 associations for registration as political parties.
“So, we will continue to register political parties based on the position of the law.’’
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