OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on electoral matters to investigate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the rising number of political parties in the country.

The committee will specifically investigate why the electoral umpire is not deregistering political parties that failed to win elections as provided for by Section 78 (7) (ii) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

The resolution followed a motion moved by Francis Uduyok (PDP, Akwa Ibom).

Speaking on the motion, Uduyok said that INEC has failed to comply with the provisions judging by the number of political parties in Nigeria.

He noted that there would not have been rising number of political parties, if INEC had done its job.

He stressed that “section 78 sub-section (7) (ii) of the Electoral Act, 2010 confers on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) powers to de-register political parties,” noting that “since the commencement of the Act, Section 78 (7) (ii) has not been fully implemented given the rising number of political parties in Nigeria with neither a seat in either a State House of Assembly or the National Assembly.

“If Section 78 (7) (ii) of the Electoral Act is fully implemented, it would regulate the numerous political parties, reduce election costs, as well as reduce void votes caused by the inability of citizens to comprehend the long list of Political Parties on ballot papers.”

The committee was given 4 weeks to conclude investigation and report back to the House.

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