’18 out of 46 political parties yet to constitute NEC’

’18 out of 46 political parties yet to constitute NEC’

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that 18 out of 46 registered political parties are yet to constitute their National Executive Committees (NEC) as stipulated by law.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu stated this in Abuja during the commissiyon’s quarterly consultative meeting with national leaders of political parties on Wednesday.

“I want to draw your attention to the certain issues. The constitution is very clear on the processes and conditions for registration that must be complied with.

“Section 223 of the Constitution talks about the validity of the composition of the political parties NEC.

“Unfortunately, out of the 46 registered political parties, only 28 parties are in compliance. 18 political parties have not complied,’’ he said.

Yakubu also expressed the Commission’s displeasure over failure of some political parties to have functional offices in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as stipulated in Section 222 of the Constitution.

“As we speak today, only 29 political parties are in compliance while 17 political parties have not.

“So, we have 17 political parties that have no offices in FCT or their rents have expired which amounts to the same thing as not having an office in FCT,” he said.

Yakubu also disclosed that only five parties have complied with the Electoral Act compelling political parties to submit election campaign expenses since the end of the 2015 general elections.

“Parties are expected to submit to the Commission their election campaign expenses for the 2015 general elections but as we speak only five political parties are in compliance.

“While 24 other political parties did not comply, the case of 17 parties is understandable because they are registered after the general elections. But for parties that contested the general elections, only five complied.”

He, however, did not name the political parties.

The chairman also disclosed that INEC would, latest by first week of November, take its decision on pending political associations requesting to be registered as political parties.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Mohammadu Nalado, assured the Commission that all the political parties are committed to ensuring that Anambra governorship election is conducted in a free, fair and credible manner.

 

OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja

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