The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it has received 25 applications from political associations seeking to be registered as political parties ahead of the 2027 general elections.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Tuesday in Abu ahead of the public presentation of the ‘NEEDS Assessment of Political Parties in Nigeria’, organised by the Kukah Centre and the European Union (EU).
Yakubu, who was represented by a National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Sam Olumekun, said that the commission was committed to ensuring that political parties functioned well in the country.
He said that despite the criticisms that INEC faced, especially in the last few months, the commission had conducted credible elections that produced the National Assembly and other elected officials.
He said that the commission had reduced the number of political parties from over 60 to 19, based on legal requirements, but that more groups were still interested in joining the political space.
He said, “If political parties are not functioning well, why are groups coming up to seek registration as political parties?”
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, represented by the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Chief Victor Umeh, said that Nigeria’s political landscape had witnessed significant transformation since the return to democracy in 1999.
He attributed this to the efforts of various stakeholders and institutions, including Nigerians and political parties.
He, however, acknowledged the challenges that had affected the democratic culture, such as lack of accountability, inclusivity, transparency, and impunity.
He said that these issues had led to a decrease in public trust and confidence in political parties, which he hoped to change in the Tenth National Assembly.