INEC CALLS FOR A REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF POLITICAL PARTIES

Written by on March 19, 2019

A former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Edo, Aniedi Ikoiwak, has called for a legislative amendment of the Electoral Act to reduce the number of political parties in the country down to two or five.

Ikoiwak told newsmen yesterday that a situation where over 100 political parties were registered for an election when only two or three of such parties had massive followers was cumbersome and a waste of resources.

During the interview, he said the ballot papers in the just concluded general elections were littered with names of parties that could best be described as village associations with no national coverage as stipulated by law adding that some voters found it difficult to locate the logos of their preferred parties during the elections.

The REC further said that with the way INEC is improving with each passing election, it will be difficult for a non performing governor or representative to have a second term.


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