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
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Gone but not fallen: Tribute to C...

To the list of our recent heroes, departed but not fallen adds one more martyr; one more mighty warrior, Colonel Kabiru Salisu. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
US: African Star Amida Brimah’s U...

The UConn Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 to win the NCAA Final four title with the team that includes African, Amida Brimah.  Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
There is no more Boko Haram, it's...

Top level military men in the Nigerian army have claimed that the Boko Haram attacks have been orchestrated by the military.  Read more...

Submitted by
G_STICKS
God Bless Nigeria

Nigeria is a country that is blessed, but the evil ones are trying to corrupt and destroy it. Read more...

Submitted by
Osuji Eric
The politics of Imo State

The politics in Imo State of Nigeria has became a national cake where everybody came and collected his own share.  Read more...

Submitted by
Moses Frank
$458 million to become a weapon o...

The $458 million of the Abacha loot would become a weapon of mass destruction if it is given to Nigeria by the US. Read more...