Five new political parties were yesterday registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission. This brings the number of political parties in the country to 45.
Briefing journalists in Kaduna, the INEC commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Solomon Soyebi said the associations net the requirements for registration while two associations which had earlier applied for registration as political voluntarily withdrew their applications.
The newly registered political parties by the electoral commission include Young Progressive Party, Advanced People's Democratic Alliance, New Generation Party of Nigeria, All Democratic People's Movement of Nigeria and Action Democratic Party.
Soyebi said the meeting with Resident Electoral commissioners and Administrative officers received and considered submissions for the 36 states and the federal capital territory, as well as reports from some accredited observers of the continuous Voters registration exercise.
He said the commission noted the challenges encountered so far and was addressing them.
"A total of 760,989 persons have registered across the country, made up of 59.5 percent males and 40.5 percent females. So fare, 31,808 persons have collected their PVCs while 34,560 others applied for transfer of polling units.
"Due to budgetary constraints, the commission cannot for now decentralise to the registration area level. However due considerations shall be given certain areas with peculiar challenges.