By Philips Sunday
Abuja, (AN24) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that about 60 associations have applied to the commission to be registered as political parties.
The Electoral Umpire made this revelation through a statement issued by Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the Commission, at a capacity development workshop organised by INEC on Saturday, December 17.
The Spokesman to the INEC Chiarman furthered that there are 40 political parties in Nigeria, 10 of them were recently registered by INEC following court orders, adding that the applications were at various levels of processing by the commission.
According to Oyekanmi, “Presently we have 40 political parties in the country. I can tell you that as of Thursday December 15, 60 associations have approached the commission to be registered,” he said.
“Their applications are presently being attended to and they are in different level of processing.” He said.
Speaking further, Oyekanmi revealed that another eight groups had also approached the commission inquiring on the process of applying for registration.
Commenting on information and communication technology deployed for elections, Oyekanmi said the commission was working on some value adding projects in order to improve the country’s electoral process.
Furthermore, Oyekanmi added that the projects developed by the department were expected to be launched in 2017.