Vanguard (Lagos)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: Lawmaker Hails INEC for De-Registering 28 Parties

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INEC issuing election notice.

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Kingsley Chinda, has commended INEC for de-registering 28 political parties.

Chinda, who made the commendation yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State described the de-registration as a welcome development.

He said the best system for the country was the two-party system, adding that the nation needed to raise its democracy to a respectful standard.

"Very sincerely, some of the parties are not worth remaining in existence, two-party system is the best for effective and meaningful contest," Chinda said.

The lawmaker explained that some of the existing political parties were "mere conduits for extortion of money from the Federal Government."

He said that they could not live up to their constitutional roles as political parties, saying that some of them had no membership at the grassroots.

Chinda added that some of the political parties affected had no representative in the national or state assemblies but only existed on paper.

He emphasised the need for INEC to restore quality in the nation's democratic practice, adding that the exercise should be supported.

Also speaking, Mr Tonye Princewill, a PDP chieftain in Riversthe, lauded INEC for carrying out the exercise.

Princewill said that some of the de-registered parties were ineffective, adding that the move by INEC would guarantee credibility in the electoral process.

"It is a great move, there are too many of them that are very ineffective, we need to work on quality not quantity," he stated.

The PDP chieftain said that INEC's decision would serve as a roadmap to a greater democratic practice inNigeria.

He argued that the yardstick to measure the pedigree of any effective political party was the ability of the party to contest and win elections.

According to him, some of the political parties have lost grip of the rule guiding their existence and degenerated to "mere money making associations."

The PDP chieftain, who also commended INEC for bringing sanity to the nation's party system, called for the deregistration of more political parties.

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