The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered an additional party, the African People’s Party (APP), bringing the number of registered parties in the country to 46.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made this known while swearing in nine new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Wednesday in Abuja.
Yakubu said that the party was on Tuesday issued Certificate of Registration in compliance with a court order.
“The Commission yesterday issued 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.
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.
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.