7 December 2012

Nigeria: INEC Deregisters PRP, Fresh Party, 25 Others

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A Nigerian cartoonist portrays the role of the electoral commission.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday deregistered 27 political parties, including Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa's Party and Fresh Party, Chris Okotie's party and 26 others.

In a statement signed and issued by the secretary to the commission, Abdullahi A. Kaugama, INEC said it act acted in good faith and in accordance to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

"In the exercise of the powers conferred on it by the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Independent National Electoral Commission has, today, Thursday, December 6, 2012, de-registered the following political parties: . .," the statement read in part.

Other parties deregistered by INEC include African Liberation Party (ALP), Action Party of Nigeria (APN), African Political System (APS), Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Community Party of Nigeria (CPN), Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA), Freedom Party of Nigeria (FPN), Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Justice Party (JP) among others.

The Commission further reiterated its commitment to relating with political parties in accordance with extant laws and for the benefit of the nation's democracy.

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