The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it may register more political parties before the 2019 general elections.
Director of Publicity and Voter Education at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Oluwole Ozassi-Uzi, confirmed to Punch that registering new parties will continue, until six months before the next general elections as stipulated under the law.
This week, INEC confirmed the registration of five new parties: Young Progressive Party, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, New Generation Party of Nigeria, All Democratic Peoples Movement and Action Democratic Party.
With the registration of the new parties, there are now 45 political parties in Nigeria.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that we have not closed our doors to the registration of new political parties before the conduct of general elections in 2019.
“We registered the five that we announced based on the criteria in the constitution and I can tell you that if new associations come up tomorrow and meet those conditions, they would equally be registered,” Ozassi-Oluwole said.