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Re-registration of parties, means of extortion – Deregistered parties

By Jubril Bada

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After a year the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, deregistered 74 political parties, leaving 18 others, the commission had said it would continue to register political parties as long as they meet the stipulated requirements.
The de-registration by the electoral umpire on February 6 last year following the failure of political parties to win any political office in the 2019 general election, however, led to the action by some of the de-registered political parties to approach court to challenge their de-registration by INEC.
Following the development last year,.many politicians who were chairmen of political bodies were relieved of their positions as chairmen of political organisations due to the situation.
Reacting to the development by INEC to register political parties again in separate interviews with The Hope, the deregistered political parties include the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) , the KOWA party and the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) said it was an indication of mistake on the side of the commission to have deregistered political parties in the first instance.
They posited that the de-registration was not legally done by INEC,.which made some of the parties approached court of law.
Speaking, the Chairman of UPN in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Boboye criticized INEC for deregistering political parties which he described as a violation of human right to freedom of association.
Boboye, who was also former state chairman of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) said electoral bodies in the developed countries do not deregister parties but allow them to die naturally when there is no impact to make within the political cycle.
Contributing, the State Chairman of KOWA Party, Mrs. Funmilayo Ogunmoyero, pointed out that the development by INEC was not reliable, expressing doubt on the commission to use the re-registration to generate money for itself.
“If INEC is asking association which can meet the stipulated requirements to register again, does it means the registration will be freed because the initial registration was not free and we cannot pay for another registration again.
“INEC want to generate money unnecessarily . We cannot be part of it except the registration is free” she disclosed
Also, the State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), Mr. Oluwole Fagboro affirmed that the party would not be part of it to register again as the party had approached court over the de-registration.

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