About 22 deregistered political parties have protested their non-inclusion in the lists of parties that would participate in the forthcoming local government election in Bauchi.
Addressing journalists on Sunday at the NUJ secretariat, chairman of the Young Democratic Party, Ahmed Tijjani Aminu called on the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission, BASIEC, to as a matter of fairness include their names and logos on the ballot papers for future elections particularly the forthcoming local government Elections.
Spokesperson of the parties explained that following the Court of Appeal judgement, INEC was supposed to have recognized and include their names and logos on the ballot papers without hesitation.
“The growing political parties in Nigeria tend to suffer most, from the might of the giant ruling party, opinions, and ideology. More often than not, the growing political parties in Nigeria and to suffer mast, from the might of the giant ruling party,” he said.
Ahmed stated that following the Court of Appeal order on of August 10, 2020, the 27 affected political parties, Bauchi State chapters, approached the state Independent Electoral Commission and formally submitted the court order for its attention, and expressed their interest to participate in the forthcoming local government election.
“The Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission, BASIEC, directed us to furnish the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and elsewhere with our request, which we complied but our greatest surprise neither INEC NO BASIEC is yet to respond to our Communications, seeing that BASIEC has scheduled the local Government Election elections in October, 17, 2020,” Tijjani Aminu added.
He also said that the episode of unconstitutional act of unilateral deregistration of 74 Political Parties by INEC on February 2020 was concomitantly met with legal process which the Court of Appeal finally stated the position of the Law which in summary asked INEC to allow these political parties the right of existence.
Meanwhile, when contacted on the issue, the chairman State Independent Electoral Commission, Alhaji Dahiru Tata explained that as per as they are concern, only 18 political parties are recognized by the commission.
He said there are two court judgement on the matter and the commission is receiving order from the national INEC on the recognise parties.
Tata added that INEC has already taken the case to the Supreme Court for final interpretation by the court.
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