The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has presented certificates to 22 newly registered political parties, raising the number of registered parties in the country to 68.
Presenting the certificates, INEC National Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood charged the newly registered political parties to observe electoral rules.
TVC News Senior Political Correspondent Correspondent Sumner Sambo reports that INEC said 21 political parties were earlier approved for registration as at December 14, 2017 until a court judgment asked it to include the Socialist Party of Nigeria thereby bringing the figure to 22.
The electoral umpire’s boss disclosed that over 90 applications are still pending for registration as political parties.
The election management body wants the country’s 68 political parties to embrace alternative dispute resolutions as constant court cases also affect the operations of INEC.
One of the newly registered parties, Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN) immediately swung into action after it got its certificate by holding a meeting with its national officers in Abuja after which it addressed the media on its expectations and what Nigerians must do to enhance democracy in the country.
INEC is seeking maximum cooperation from political parties for a successful 2019 general election.
This it said has become necessary considering that the fact that if each of the 68 parties in Nigeria today fields candidates for the 1,558 constituencies to be contested in 2019, INEC will be grappling with massive logistic challenges for 105,944 candidates.