Thursday, April 24, 2014

Nwodo faults INEC on de-registration of 28 political parties


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The de-registered political parties feel their rights have been infringed upon.

National Chairman, Progressive Action Congress, PAC, Charles Nwodo, one of the political parties de-registered by INEC on Monday joined some of the affected parties to criticise the commission.

Mr. Nwodo said in Abuja said that the exercise was not done in line with the provisions of the country’s constitution.

“We were quite aware that in the 60s, political parties were neither de-registered nor regimented for whatever reasons.

“It is the fundamental right of Nigerians to form associations and that aspect is still in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

He said that it is wrong for INEC to undermine the constitutional right of the people by adopting the 2010 amended Electoral Act.

He also regretted that political parties and their respective leaders, who laboured to build them were “now written off within a twinkle of an eye,’’ by the exercise.

He recalled that though INEC attempted to de-register some political parties in 2002, the exercise failed at the Supreme Court.

Mr. Nwodo advised INEC to eschew selection process in de-registering political parties, adding that some political parties, which did not win a seat in the general elections in 2011, were not de-registered.

“INEC should realise that its major responsibilities are not to de-register political parties; but how to conduct free, fair and transparent elections for the overall development of the entire nation,” he said.

He, however, expressed optimism that the court would definitely reverse the entire process.

Mr. Nwodo reminded politicians on the need to play the game of politics according to the rules to reduce court action arising from the outcome of elections.

INEC on November 6, de-registered 28 political parties a development it said was due to their inactivity and in exercise of the power conferred on it by the I999 Constitution as amended.

INEC added that the de-registration was in line with the Electoral Act 2010, as amended.

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