More political parties to go, says Jega

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, on Tuesday said that the commission would deregister more political parties before the 2015 general election, just as he said that the curtain had not closed on the registration of new political parties that meet the requirements for registration. INEC had two weeks ago deregistered 28 political parties for sundry reasons, which included but was not limited to not winning a single councillorship election. Jega, who disclosed this in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the presentation of the commission’s five-year strategic plan (2012-2016) at its validation conference with stakeholders, said that INEC would also register new political parties that meet the constitutional requirements within the period. In justifying the deregistration of the 28 parties, Jega said: “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. But we are law-abiding and we await whatever judgment that will be made from those lawsuits. 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 requirements of the law.”

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/more-political-parties-to-go-says-jega/134006/

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