INEC in trouble after banning 74 parties, YP protests decision, takes stand
Feb. 08, 2020
At the end of last week, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC annonced its decision to de-register over 70 political parties.
Mahmud Yakubu, the INEC Chair said the affected parties have not fulfill the requirement to continue to exist based on section 225A of the constitution.
However one of the Parties, Youth Party, YP, has kicked against the decision. The Party explained why it could not win seats in the last general elections held.
In the statement released by the Party and issued to journalist on Friday, 7 th February, the part said INEC’s refusal to register it in time in 2017 was to blame.
The part, however, condemned this act by INEC in a statement issued on Friday. It read
“The attention of Youth Party has been drawn to the announcement by the INEC on 6th February 2020, listing the names of 18 political parties as the only duly registered parties in Nigeria.”
“As a result of the Commission’s delay in registering Youth Party, a good number of party members who were interested in vying for elective positions moved to other registered political parties.”
YP stated further that: “This delay by INEC robbed Youth Party of the opportunity to adequately prepare and participate in elections at all levels of government in Nigeria in the 2019 elections.”
According to the statement, the party went to Court in January 2020 to stop INEC from voiding its registration and the matter is still pending in Court and INEC had been serve a notice.”
The Party urged INEC to reverse its decision and re-include YP among the registered parties in Nigeria. The commission has not responded at the time of reporting this.
AA, AAC, ADC, APC, APGA, APM, NNPP, NRM, PDP, PRP, SDP, YPP, and ZLP have not been affected by the de-registration as they continue to exist as legitimate political parties.