Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it was worried over the number of associations that have applied to be registered as political parties ahead of the 2023 general election.
The commission said it was troubled that except there was an urgent reform of the extant electoral law in the country,
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in an Electoral Reform Roundtable organised by Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, disclosed that over 200 political parties might participate in the next general election.
in conjunction with Kofi Annan Foundation, lamented that the number of associations seeking to be allowed to field candidates in 2023 were more than the existing political parties.
Yakubu, who was represented at the event by INEC’s National Commissioner, Mr. Festus Okoye, equally lamented that the commission has over 809 pre-election cases that were still pending in courts, adding that over 70 Certificates of Return have been withdrawn from various candidates that emerged from the 2019 polls.