The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that it had received 32 fresh applications from various associations for registration as political parties in Nigeria.
This disclosure was made on Tuesday in Abuja by INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during the second quarterly consultative meeting with the Chairmen and Secretaries of registered political parties.
The INEC Boss, who assured the political parties that their applications were being processed, stated that the commission remained committed to the opening up of the democratic space in line with the electoral law and guidelines.
Prof. Yakubu said that the commission would welcome suggestions from political parties in areas of amendment considered important for inclusion in the comprehensive proposal for the amendment of the Electoral Act.
Prof. Yakubu, however, decried the low turnout of voters in elections conducted by the Commission in the aftermath of the 2015 general elections.
He urged political parties to intensify voter mobilization ahead of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.
“We urge political parties to intensify your voter mobilization effort in order to galvanize the electorate to the polling units. The Commission will continue to intensify efforts towards voter education.”