The Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) has been extend by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by two weeks.
The announcement was made by INEC yesterday Tuesday heels to the calls and meetings by several groups in the country for an extension of the deadline to enable more Nigerians participate in the 2019 general elections.
The exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres every day, including weekends, but excluding public holidays, between 9am and 5pm.
The ongoing collection of PVCs will not end with the CVR exercise. “Collection of PVCs will continue until close to the general election.”
INEC also announced the registration of 23 new political parties, bringing the total number of parties to 91.
In a statement by Mohammed Kudu Haruna, national commissioner and member, Voter Education & Publicity Committee, said: “The commission approved the registration of 23 new parties. It received 144 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties
After a rigorous process of evaluation in accordance with the Constitution and Electoral Act, which included assessment of the constitutions and manifestos of the intending parties and verification of membership of their executive committees and offices, the 23 associations met the requirements and so have been registered as political parties.
“This brings the number of parties to 91 and will be the last round of registration of parties until after the general election on February 16, 2019. This suspension is in line with Section 78 (1) of the Electoral Act, which requires applications for registration as a political party to be concluded latest six months to a general election.
“The newly registered parties will receive their Certificates of Registration from the Commission on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the commission’s headquarters.”
The 23 parties and their acronyms are: Advanced Alliance Party, AAP; Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, ANDP; African Action Congress, AAC; Alliance for a United Nigeria, AUN; Alliance of Social Democrats, ASD; Alliance National Party, ANP; Allied People’s Movement, APM; Alternative Party of Nigeria, APN; Change Nigeria Party, CNP; Congress of Patriots, COP; Liberation Movement, LM; Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy, MRDD; Nigeria Community Movement Party, NCMP; Nigeria for Democracy, NFD; Peoples Coalition Party, PCP; Reform and Advancement Party, RAP; Save Nigeria Congress, SNC; United Patriots, UP; United Peoples Congress, UPC; We The People Nigeria, WTPN; YES Electorates Solidarity, YES ;Youth Party ,YP and Zenith Labour Party, ZLP.
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