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A call has gone to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to consider the commencement of the process of de-registering political parties that polled less than 20,000 votes in the just concluded general elections.

Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor gave the counsel in his homily at Jehovah Jireh Chapel, Egbu in Owerri North LGA of Imo State, during his pastorial visit to the area.

He advised the commission to de-register all the political parties that participated in the re-run elections of 23 March, 2019 governorship and House of Assembly elections for out rightly failing to make 25 per cent of the votes cast in at least one local government area of the state.

The cleric argued that such parties lacked substantial presence in most parts of the country as noticed not only in the Governorship and House of Assembly elections but also in the Supplementary elections.

The Bishop who expressed dismay that INEC currently has 91 registered political parties in the country insisted that it as unmanageable and urged the commission to exercise its constitutional power in the overall interest of the country.

Describing the just concluded elections as the worst ever conducted in the history of elections in the country, the Bishop bemoaned the imperfections and travails observed in the 2019 general elections.

Bishop Okorafor regretted that the nation has not learnt any lessons from the mistakes made in previous elections, declared that the 2019 general elections witnessed the highest number of killings.

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