The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Attahiru Jega, said that INEC has no regret registering the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mr. Jega revealed this on Monday at a stakeholder conference with media professionals and civic groups on voter register optimisation, and plans for continuous voter registration holding at the REIZ Hotel, Abuja.
“It is clear to us that the parties that intend to merge met all legal requirements and we have done all the processes required of us. We believe we are right to do so under the law. We are satisfied that what we have done is within the law,” he said.
The registration is not welcomed by a group, African Peoples Congress that was denied registration by INEC using the same acronym. The group has challenged INEC’s decision in court.
The INEC Chairman also stated that APC is eligible to participate in the November 16 Anambra elections, saying it was registered within the time specified by Section 84 (c) of the Electoral Act which is 60 days to the election.
Mr. Jega also revealed that INEC has come across 93,526 cases of multiple registration of voters in Anambra and will soon start prosecution of the culprits. Before the 2011 election about 870,000 of such cases were discovered nationwide.