INEC Laments Over Growing List Of Political Parties
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has openly expressed worry over the growing list of political parties that may want to participate in the 2019 general election.
The Chief Technical Adviser to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, said at a forum that over 100 associations had applied to INEC to be registered as political parties.
He said that presently, there are 68 political parties, which of course is on the high side but with over 100 associations seeking to become political parties, it would affect the logistics of INEC.
Eyinla explained that if over 100 political parties would be contesting for over 1, 000 elective posts in the country, it would affect the election because it would make it rowdy.
“At 68, INEC is looking at 68 party agents at every polling station. This will make the poll to be rowdy and of course may lead to some malpractices.”
He noted that the INEC had envisaged this and would be coming up with a strategy to curb any kind of election malpractices during the general election.
The INEC Technical Adviser said that there were many issues to address and it included printing of ballot papers to contain 68 political parties and even more.