INEC’s De-Registration of Political Parties: NCP Appeals Court Ruling

NCP officials
By SaharaReporters, New York

The National Conscience Party (NCP) has filed an appeal against a court ruling which backed a recent decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register political parties that failed to meet certain electoral requirements. One of the grounds INEC used to determine political parties that deserved rustication was a failure to win a presidential or governorship election as well as inability to have members at the National Assembly.

At a press briefing earlier today, the NCP’s chairman, Yunusa Tanko, rejected the ruling by Justice Okon Abang which held that INEC had the power to de-register political parties that had failed to win previous elections.  

Although the NCP had not been de-registered by INEC, the party said it felt it was necessary to challenge the electoral body’s exercise of the provisions of Section 78 (7) (ii) of the Electoral Act 2010. The party spokesman said his fellow members feared that INEC’s exercise of the powers to de-register might eventually affect the National Conscience Party. The party’s appeal argues that the section of the electoral law related to the de-registering of political parties contravenes Section 40 of Nigeria’s 1999 constitution. The party intends to plead in court that the constitution should supersede other laws, including electoral ones.

Addressing the press today, Mr. Tanko stated that Justice Abang’s ruling had a bias for the National Assembly and the INEC as the bodies that respectively promulgated and executed the electoral law pertaining to de-registration of parties.

“The learned judge even went as far as encouraging INEC to be indolent, holding brief for INEC and saying that if the political parties are too many INEC will not be able to conduct elections,” said the chairman of the NCP. “This is unheard of,” Mr. Yunusa complained.

He cited the examples of countries with hundreds of political parties without any requirement that all of them must win elections or lose their status through de-registration. His examples included the United States of America, a country whose style of democracy Nigeria tries to emulate, according to the NCP leader.

The party wants the Nigerian Court of Appeal to set aside Justice Abang’s verdict announced on March 6 upholding INEC’s power to de-register political parties.

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deleting ncp. is like

deleting ncp. is like deleting the conscience of d pple in democratic many pple can jump pdp and npf creterial hurdle ? freedom of assocition must be respected .irrespective of what. intimidation of d voiceless is not good. infact if dey delete ncp . terrosim must go sophisticated. who fertilized corruption? answer is acn and pdp

NCP, there is limit of extremism

The NCP people should know that constitutional freedom of association in the country does not mean freedom of number, useless and lawless political parties. There are laws that qualify and strengthen the constitution. These determine the existence of political parties if not yet the number.

It was this bunch of NCP extremists that today led to the proliferation of political parties in the country. They do not want to cooperate with themselves let alone in a serious group of people.

When they went to Court in 2002 to enforce the proliferation of political parties, OBJ the then President never had the honesty to tell the Court that in a country of ours that is already fragmented by tribe, language and religion we do not need more than three political parties for further division, etc. Otherwise NCP extremists would not today exist in disharmonious party prolification.

NCP cannot unlawfully forced itself on the country. INEC should de-register it immediately.

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