INEC registers new political party, swears in 9 news RECs

INEC registers new political party, swears in 9 news RECs

- The African Peoples Party (APP) was issued its Certificate of Registration on Tuesday, August 15, in compliance with a court order

- According to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the APP originally applied for registration as a political party in 2014

- Yakubu also disclosed that with the swearing-in of new Resident Electoral Commissioners, the total number of RECs has now risen to 23

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered an additional party, the African Peoples Party (APP), bringing the number of registered parties in the country to 46, NAN reports.

INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known while swearing in nine new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Wednesday, August 16, in Abuja.

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Mr. Yakubu said that the party was on Tuesday issued its Certificate of Registration, in compliance with a court order.

“The Commission yesterday issued a Certificate of Registration to APP, which originally applied for registration as a political party in 2014.

“With this development, the number of political parties in Nigeria now stands at 46,” he said.

Mr. Yakubu also disclosed that the commission had so far registered 2,092,434 new registrants under the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration.

“At the end of the first quarter of the exercise, some 1,810,153 citizens were registered.

“The exercise is now in the second week of the second quarter and already some 282,281 citizens have been registered, making a total of 2,092,434 new registrants so far,” he added.

Mr. Yakubu congratulated the newly sworn-in RECs, five of which were reappointed for a second and final term, bringing the total number of RECs to 23.

He said that their appointment came at an auspicious time, exactly 548 days to the 2019 General Elections, and after the conclusion of the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

Mr. Yakubu advised them to be fair to all, partisan to none, saying that as election managers, they would be responsible for the implementation of the plan.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, June 7, announced the registration of five new political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Mr. Adedeji Soyebi, INEC’s commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, made this known at the end of the commission’s meeting in Kaduna.

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Source: Naij.com

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