The Independent National Electoral Commission says it has received over 120 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in his keynote address during the induction retreat for resident electoral commissioners in Uyo on Friday, said the number of political parties would increase after the commission had processed outstanding applications.
He said, “The commission has received over 120 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties. Already, there are 46 registered political parties and recently a court of law ordered the commission to register one more association as political party.
“Obviously by the time the commission processes outstanding applications, the number of political parties and independent candidates as contained in the proposed constitutional amendments awaiting the concurrence of state assemblies, will increase.”