The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said 10 new
political parties had applied to it for registration
Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said this in
response to one of our correspondent's enquiry to the decision of six
governors of the Peoples Democratic Party to float a new partyknown as
the Voice of the People.
He said, "I find it difficult to respond to details and particulars of
media speculations about applications to INEC for party registration.
"But it is true that there are more than 10 applications pending
currently before the Commission. Application for party registration is
a routine experience of INEC.
"Really, you could say the Commission receives an average of one
application per week. And this is so routine that I can't begin to
proffer particulars of the applications."
When asked whether INEC would continue to register parties, he
said,"Yes, of course, because the country's law provides for it.
"When to stop? Not as long as the provision is there in the legal
framework but the law also stipulates that parties cannot be
registered 90 days before a general election.
"The Law is also not specific on whether members of an existing party
can form another party without prior resignation."
Meanwhile, the PDP on Monday reacted to the reported move by six
governors in its fold to register a new political party, saying its
electoral fortunes in the 2015 elections were not under threat.