The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday revealed that no fewer than 10 new applications by political associations had been submitted to it for registration as political parties.
Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who made this known 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.
Speaking further, Idowu said “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.”
On the possibility of INEC registering more parties, he answered, “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,” he added.