More Political Parties to be registered soon – INEC Chairman
Most parties do not have functional offices in Abuja, only 5 parties have released campaign expenses from 2015 – INEC
The Ekiti State Governorship election has been slated to hold on July 14, 2019, while Osun State Governorship election will hold September 22, 2019, INEC disclosed on Thursday.
Campaigns for Ekiti Governorship election can commence from April 15, 2019, while Osun State can commence their Gubernatorial Campaigns as from June 24, 2019. These were disclosed by INEC national commissioner, Solomon Soyebi.
Meanwhile, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during a consultative meeting with national leaders of political parties on Wednesday in Abuja disclosed that more parties will soon be registered. He also guaranteed that INEC would, by the first week of November, take its decision on pending registrations of political associations seeking to be converted to political parties.
He said: “As I speak with you, the Commission has over 108 political associations seeking fresh registration. We want to assure all the associations that the Commission will register those that met the legal requirements. They should take that for granted on the Commission.’’
Yakubu also used to the medium to speak out on some of the unwholesome practices of the Political Parties as the majority of them have fallen short in one way or the other of their legal requirements as Political Parties which he tagged as a violation of the constitution.
One of which he said is the fact that 18 out of the 46 registered political parties were yet to constitute their National Executive Commission (NEC) as required by the law. As he also expressed displeasure at the failure of some of the political parties to have a functional office at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as stipulated by the constitution.
According to him: “I want to draw your attention to the certain issues. The constitution is very clear on the processes and conditions for registration that must be complied with. Section 223 of the constitution talks about the validity of the composition of the political parties NEC. Unfortunately, out of the 46 registered political parties, only 28 parties are in compliance. 18 political parties have not complied. As we speak today, only 29 political parties are in compliance while 17 political parties have not. So, we have 17 political parties that have no offices in FCT or their rents have expired which amounts to the same thing as not having an office in FCT.”
He also urged all other Political parties to submit their election campaign expenses for the 2015 General Elections as stipulated by the Electoral Act. Hitherto, only 5 political parties have complied with this according to the INEC Chairman.