The number of registered political parties in Nigeria has risen to 40, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The commission said in its official website that 10 new political parties were recently registered, thereby increasing the number of the parties from existing 30.
The parties, according to INEC, are Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), Democratic Alternative (DA), Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN), National Action Council (NAC) and National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP). Others are Nigeria Elements Progressive Party (NEPP), National Unity Party (NUP), Nigeria Peoples Congress (NPC), Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) and Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
Mr Nick Dazang, INEC’s Deputy Director of Voter Education and Publicity, explained that the 10 new political parties were among those deregistered sometime ago but were re-registered based on a court order.
“The commission on September 1, approved the acceptance and restoration of 10 political parties in compliance with a court order pending an appeal.
“It also directed that this restoration should be reflected on its website in compliance with court judgments’’.
Meanwhile, Hope Democratic Party, HDP, has urged an Abuja Federal High Court to compel the INEC, to adopt electronic voting in the 2019 general election.
The party also prayed the National Assembly to enact laws that will prohibit politically motivated violence and deaths during elections in the country.