Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

De-registration of 28 political parties is unconstitutional - lawyers

09 December 2012, 15:15

Lagos - Some Lawyers in Lagos on Sunday criticised the de-registration of 28 political parties by INEC and described it as a of disregard to the constitution.

INEC had on Dec. 6, announced the de-registration of 28 political parties out of the 56 registered political parties in the country.

A Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Spurgeon Ataene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the electoral body’s action was contrary to the provisions of Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, "which guarantees every citizen of Nigeria, a right to peaceful assembly and association.’’

He said: "The right and freedom to assembly and association as guaranteed by the constitution, allowed every Nigerian citizen to associate, and this association include the establishment and membership of political parties in the country."

He said the action was an infringement on constitutional right of the people.

Another lawyer, Anthony Makolo, said that every politician in the country has a right to contest for political positions under any platform "because he or she has the freedom to associate.’’

Makolo said that whether a political party emerged as winner for any political position in Nigeria or not, it should have no bearing with the functions of INEC, which has the primary duty to conduct elections in the country.

"I think these political parties have an undiluted right to come under whatever platform they deem fit in engaging in political activities in the country.

"To now say they are de-registered for whatever reason, is to my mind, an over stretching of INEC's powers and functions.’’

He added that the major concern of INEC should be to ensure the conduct of free and fair election, and not to measure successes of political parties in the country.

Ogedi Ogu, also a lawyer, said that although the Electoral Act gave wide powers to the commission in handling political parties in the country, the Act was still subject to the Constitution which served as the norm in Nigeria.

Ogu said it was always better to allow maximum number of political parties in a country to operate, to make room for competition to political positions.

He added that where there were restrictions on the number of parties, it would create monopolistic situations where leadership would be reserved for a certain political class.

He described the action of the commission as a contravention of the constitution and stressed that individuals have a right to freedom of association.

- NAN

Tags inec politics
NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...

Submitted by
OLANIYI ODINA
The tragedy of the black man

Members of the black nationhood are very funny people with specialty in compromising everything they touch or learn, writes Olaniyi Odina. Read more...

Submitted by
Ayomide Ayodele
Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a cata...

Long live the dynasty of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and your reign in Nigeria political landscape, writes Ayeni Ola Socrates. Read more...

Submitted by
Kassim Kolawole Yahaya
Goje and the Gombe turmoil

I believe that Former Governor Danjuma Goje and the present Senator in the hallowed chamber were the causes of the party wrangling in the State. Read more...