Too Many Political Parties In Nigeria, A Distraction – UN


The United Nations, UN, who commented about Nigeria’s political space, disclosed that too many political parties in Nigeria is a distraction. The Special Representatives of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chamba who spoke during a courtesy call on the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja, described it as a serious challenge which “distracts from the quality of the process.”

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The UN representative who stated that too many political parties in Nigeria is a distraction, also promised to partake in the review of the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission. He said;

“So, we came here seeking to be part of that conversation going forward and we will particularly be interested in a number of issues, such as the number of political parties, mode of registration, internal democracy and accreditation of party agents which the chairman of INEC himself has already identified. The number of political parties in certain elections in our West Africa and Sahel sub-region has posed a challenge recently and it is not only here in Nigeria that we need to look at the issue of number of political parties and their mode of registration. Recently in Senegal, this same challenge was faced; they have found their manner of dealing with it. Next door in the Republic of Benin, when they were confronted with as many as 249 registered political parties, they have also tried to find their way to handle this issue.”

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