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The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) has registered five new political parties, on the grounds
that sponsors met the registration criteria and constitutional requirements.

National Commissioner
and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Prince Adedeji Soyebi,
disclosed this after a weekly meeting of national commissioners in Kaduna.
The newly-registered
parties are: Young Progressive Party (YPP), Advanced People’s Democratic
Alliance (APDA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP), All Democratic Peoples
Movement (ADPM) and Action Democratic Party (ADP).
INEC has also said it
has spent N463.227 million on the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
Speaking during a
retreat on Mid-Quarter Review of CVR, held in Kaduna, yesterday, INEC Chairman,
Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed the Commission considered three options before
settling for the less expensive option of executing the CVR through its Local
Government Area (LGA) offices.
“This is the first
time, in the history of elections, in Nigeria, that INEC is embarking on a
continuous registration of voters in the manner prescribed by the
Electoral Act.
“Although Section 9
(6) of the Electoral Act empowers the Commission to determine registration
centres and notify the public what is the best method for achieving the goal of
making the exercise both continuous and accessible, the Commission
considered three options.
“Polling Unit (PU)
level, Registration Area (RA) or Ward level, INEC Local Government Area (LGA)
offices or such other places as may be determined by the Commission. A
comparative analysis of the options shows that while the indicative cost of
polling unit is N137.467 billion, the cost of registration area is
N21.030 billion, while  INEC LGA offices is N463.227 million. The Commission
decided to commence the exercise at LGA level, based on the following
considerations;
“The provision for CVR
in the Commission’s 2017 budget is N1,216,346,068 for all VR activities,
including off-season elections that have become regular since the 2015 general
elections. The LGA level is the only affordable option that can be accommodated
within the current budgetary allocation.
“The Commission
adopted a quarterly approach to the exercise in order to allow for the
publication of names of new registrants (minimum of 5 and maximum of 14 days)
for claims and objections as required by law (Sec. 19[1] of the Electoral Act).
This sequence shall continue until 60 days to the 2019 General Election when it
will be suspended as required by law (Sec. 9[5] of the Electoral Act). It will
resume after the general elections.
“The aggregate of these challenges have been articulated by the Commission and
will be presented to this retreat by Director (Voter Registry) for
consideration, discussion and suggestion. Special consideration (the case of
Anambra State). The CVR will be devolved to RA level, as was done in off-season
general elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, Edo, Ondo and FCT Area councils elections.
The date will very soon be announced by the Commission
“The aim of the
on-going CVR exercise is to give all eligible Nigerians who have not registered
the opportunity to do so and those who had issues from previous registration
exercises the chance to address them

“Taking
the exercise to the doorsteps of Nigerians is ideal but cost and other
requirements are huge obstacles. NEC is committed to the CVR as enshrined in
the Electoral Act and ensuring that all eligible Nigerians are registered to
vote,” Yakubu
submitted.

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