The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC has deregistered 74 Political Parties.
The deregistration followed their poor performance in the 2019 general elections.
INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu announced this during a press conference in Abuja today.
LEADERSHIP had reported on Tuesday of the plans by INEC to deregister the political parties that performed poorly in the last general elections.
The existing political parties now are: Accord, AA, AAC, ADC, ADP, APC, APG
A, APL, Labour Party, NNPP, NRM, PDP, PRP, SDP, YPP, Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Book party.
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MEDIA BRIEFING BY THE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR MAHMOOD YAKUBU, ON THE STATUS OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND CONDUCT OF SOME OFF-SEASON AND BYE-ELECTIONS HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, INEC HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA, ON THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2020
Honourable National Commissioners
Senior officials of the Commission
Ladies and gentlemen
1. On behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I warmly welcome you to this briefing. The purpose is to convey to Nigerians the decision of the Commission on the status of political parties. Similarly, the Commission has fixed the dates for the end-of-tenure Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States as well as bye-elections to fill vacancies in some States of the Federation.
Status of Political Parties
2. You will recall that prior to the 2019 general election, Nigeria had 91 political parties. One more party was registered by court order after the election, making a total of 92 political parties. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) vests in INEC the power to register and regulate the activities of political parties. You will also recall that in 2018, the Constitution was amended. In addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties, the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution (Section 225A) empowers the Commission to deregister political parties.
3. Prior to the Fourth Alteration, the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) had provided for the deregistration of political parties. Based on this provision, the Commission, between 2011 and 2013, deregistered 39 political parties. However, several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them, particularly on the ground that the Electoral Act is inferior to the Constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same Constitution. Subsequently, the courts ordered the Commission to reinstate the parties. It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the Commission to deregister political parties on the following grounds:
Breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party.
Failure to win at least 25% of the votes cast in one State of the Federation in a Presidential election or 25% of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a State in a Governorship election.
Failure to win at least one ward in a Chairmanship election, one seat in the National or State Assembly election or one seat in a Councillorship election.
4. In order to implement the provision of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution, the Commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration. Similarly, following the conclusion of the 2019 general election, including court-ordered re-run elections arising from litigations, the Commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections. In addition, they were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which coincided with the 2019 general election. It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the Constitution to conduct Local Government elections.
5. Consequently, the Commission has determined that sixteen (16) political parties have fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) as follows:
NAME OF PARTY
African Action Congress
African Democratic Congress
African Democratic Party
All Progressives Congress
All Progressives Grand Alliance
Allied Peoples Movement
New Nigeria Peoples Party
National Rescue Movement
Peoples Democratic Party
Peoples Redemption Party
Social Democratic Party
Young Progressive Party
Zenith Labour Party
6. Seventy-five (75) political parties did not satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution. However, one of the political parties, the Action Peoples Party (APP), filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the Commission from deregistering it. Consequently, the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court.
7. The new political party, Boot Party (BP), registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist.
8. Accordingly, seventy-four (74) political parties are hereby deregistered. With this development, Nigeria now has eighteen (18) registered political parties. The list of the parties will be shared with you at this briefing and will also be available on our website and social media platforms shortly.
Edo and Ondo Governorship Elections
9. The tenure of the Governors of Edo and Ondo States will end on 12th November 2020 and 24th February 2021 respectively. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 178(2) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 25(8) of the Electoral Act 2010, elections cannot hold earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of an incumbent Governor. Accordingly, the Commission has fixed Saturday 19th September 2020 as the date for the Governorship election in Edo State and Saturday 10th October 2020 for Ondo State. Detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two elections will be published on our website and social media platforms shortly.
10. Similarly, the Commission is conducting bye-elections in three (3) constituencies as a result of the deaths of some serving members of the National and State Assemblies. The Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives has declared vacancy in Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger State. Similarly, the Honourable Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly has declared a vacancy in Patigi State Constituency while the Speaker of the Sokoto State House of Assembly has declared the Kebbe State Constituency vacant. These bye-elections will hold simultaneously in the three (3) States of the Federation on Saturday 14th March 2020. Again, the detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities will be published on our website and social media platforms shortly.
11. On this note, let me reiterate the resolve the Commission to stand firm against acts capable of disrupting the elections. As we are all aware, election is a process. However, the process does not begin and end with Election Day activities. The conduct of party primaries, nomination of candidates, electioneering campaigns and the submission of the list of polling agents are also essential to the electoral process. Above all, good behaviour by all officials and actors involved is crucial for success. I wish to remind all parties and candidates that violence during party primaries and electioneering campaigns, the snatching of election materials or the deployment of thugs against INEC officials, observers, the media and unarmed security personnel at polling units are acts punishable under our electoral laws. Already, the political atmosphere in a particular State is charged. No one should regard the release of the Timetable for the elections as a signal to further escalate tension or a call to commence the recruitment of goons and arming of thugs and hoodlums.
12. I thank you all and God bless.
LIST OF DE-REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES
NAME OF PARTY
ADVANCED ALLIED PARTY
ALL BLENDING PARTY
ADVANCED CONGRESS OF DEMOCRATS
ALLIED CONGRESS PARTY OF NIGERIA
ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY
ALL GRASSROOTS ALLIANCE
ALL GRAND ALLIANCE PARTY
ADVANCED NIGERIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
ALLIANCE FOR NEW NIGERIA
ALLIANCE NATIONAL PARTY
ABUNDANT NIGERIA RENEWAL PARTY
AFRICAN PEOPLES ALLIANCE
ADVANCED PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE
ALTERNATIVE PARTY OF NIGERIA
ALLIANCE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS
ALLIANCE FOR A UNITED NIGERIA
BETTER NIGERIA PROGRESSIVE PARTY
CHANGE ADVOCACY PARTY
COALITION FOR CHANGE
CHANGE NIGERIA PARTY
CONGRESS OF PATRIOTS
DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES CONGRESS
DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES PARTY
FRESH DEMOCRATIC PARTY
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE PARTY
GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT PARTY OF NIGERIA
GREEN PARTY OF NIGERIA
HOPE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL PARTY
LEGACY PARTY OF NIGERIA
MASS ACTION JOINT ALLIANCE
MODERN DEMOCRATIC PARTY
MASSES MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA
MEGA PARTY OF NIGERIA
MOVEMENT FOR THE RESTORATION AND DEFENCE OF DEMOCRACY
NATIONAL ACTION COUNCIL
NIGERIA COMMUNITY MOVEMENT PARTY
NATIONAL CONSCIENCE PARTY
NIGERIA DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS PARTY
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC LIBERTY PARTY
NIGERIA ELEMENTS PROGRESSIVE PARTY
NIGERIA FOR DEMOCRACY
NEW GENERATION PARTY OF NIGERIA
NATIONAL INTEREST PARTY
NIGERIA PEOPLES CONGRESS
NEW PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT
NATIONAL UNITY PARTY
PEOPLES COALITION PARTY
PEOPLES FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE
PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT
PROGRESSIVE PEOPLES ALLIANCE
PROVIDENCE PEOPLES CONGRESS
PEOPLES PARTY OF NIGERIA
PEOPLES PROGRESSIVE PARTY
REFORM AND ADVANCEMENT PARTY
RE-BUILD NIGERIA PARTY
RESTORATION PARTY OF NIGERIA
SAVE NIGERIA CONGRESS
SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL PARTY
SOCIALIST PARTY OF NIGERIA
UNITED DEMOCRATIC PARTY
UNITED PEOPLES CONGRESS
UNITY PARTY OF NIGERIA
UNITED PROGRESSIVE PARTY
WE THE PEOPLE NIGERIA
YOUNG DEMOCRATIC PARTY
YES ELECTORATES SOLIDARITY