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INEC Deregisters Three More Political Parties

22 Dec 2012

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Prof. Attahiru Jega


By Chuks Okocha  in Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday announced the deregistration of three more political parties, thus bringing the number of deregistered political parties to thirty one.
The three political parties that were deregistered are African Renaissance Party (ARP), National Democratic Party and National Transformation Party.


Unlike the deregistration of the earlier 28 political parties where no reason was given for the axing of the parties, this time around, INEC offered reasons for the action.


ARP was formed by Yahaya Ndu from Enugu State, while the NDP was formed by Alhaji Habu Fari. He was a former national secretary of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN), later the pioneer National Administrative Secretary of PDP and recently the Chief of Staff to the National Chairman of PDP, Bamanga Tukur before be left to establish Victory Democratic Konsult.


In a statement by the INEC Secretary, Abdullahi Kaguma, the commission said, “In continuation of the exercise of the powers conferred on it by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act, 2010 (As amended), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has de-registered three more political parties.


“The affected political parties are: African Renaissance Party (ARP); National Democratic Party (NDP) and National Transformation Party (NTP).


The reasons for deregistration of ARP, the statement said are “Composition of National Executive Committee (NEC) fails to meet the requirements of Section 223(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended). No verifiable Headquarters office contrary to Section 222(f) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As amended). Has not won a seat in the National and State Assemblies”.


For the National Democratic Party (NDP); “Composition of National Executive Committee (NEC) fails to meet the requirements of Section 223(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended). No verifiable Headquarters office contrary to Section 222(f) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As amended). Has not won a seat in the National and State Assemblies”  For the National Transformation Party (NTP), INEC said, “Composition of National Executive Committee (NEC) fails to meet the requirements of Section 223(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended). Has not won a seat in the National and State  Assemblies”.


“The Commission reiterates its commitment to relating with all registered Political Parties as specified by the extant laws of the land”, the statement said.


The political parties earlier deregistered are African Liberation Party, Action Party of Nigeria, African Political System, Better Nigeria Progressive Party, Congress for Democratic Change, Community Party of Nigeria, Freedom Party of Nigeria, Hope Democratic Party, Justice Party, Liberal Democratic Party of Nigeria, Movement for Democracy and Justice, and the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy.


Others are, New Democrats, National Majority Democratic Party, National Movement of Progressive Party, National Solidarity Democratic Party, Progressive Action Congress, Peoples Mandate Party, Peoples Progressive Party, People’s Salvation Party, Republican Party of Nigeria, United National Party for Development and the United Nigeria Peoples Party.


INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega had earlier this week justified the action of the commission, saying, “We have taken the decision to deregister 28 parties and as far as we are concerned, we have acted legally. Of course, many political parties chieftains especially of those deregistered were not happy and we understand that and some of them have gone to court. We are law-abiding and we await whatever judgement that will be made. But we believe that the constitution and the electoral Act have given us the responsibility to register and deregister any political party that falls short of meeting the requirement of the law.”


It was gathered that deregistration exercise will continue till there only ten political parties to contest the 2015 general election.

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