Lagos - The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), South- West Zone, on Thursdayfaulted the registration of a new political party, United Progressive Party (UPP), by INEC.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, the South-West Secretary of the CNPP, Mr Austin Nnorom described the action as worrisome
"INEC no doubt has constitutional powers to register political parties, but this is like putting the cart before the horse.
“What is of most importance is that INEC should begin to down size the number of political parties in Nigeria," Nnorom said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that INEC at its meeting held on Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012 approved the registration of UPP.
The commission had earlier de-registered seven political parties in Aug. 2011.
This, it said was in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which required political parties to meet up with the stipulations for participating in elections.
Nnorom, however, noted that the registration of a new party was coming at a time when stakeholders in the polity expected the commission to deregister parties that lived below expectations.
"INEC must begin to immediately implement totally the provisions of the electoral act which stipulates that INEC should de-register those parties that could not win any sit in the last general elections.
“The de-registration must be concluded before new parties should be considered for registration," he added.