INEC receives applications for 95 political parties

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has received 95 applications for new political parties, its chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said.

Addressing reporters yesterday in Kaduna after the opening ceremony of the Workshop to Review INEC Communications Policy, Mahmood said the commission received applications from various intending political parties.

He added that the applications will be looked into at a meeting of the commission tomorrow in Kaduna and those successful will be announced soon.

The INEC boss said: “As at last week, we had received 95 applications for new political parties. At the end of this workshop, there is going to be a retreat on Wednesday to review the ongoing voter registration followed by a meeting of the commission here in Kaduna. At the end of the meeting, we will issue a release on the issue of parties.

“I have said we would be holding a mid-quarterly review of our activities and preparation as we head towards the 2019 general elections after every six weeks. By Wednesday, the mid-quarterly review will come up here in Kaduna on the ongoing continuous voter registration nationwide.”

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