The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered five new political parties out of the 95 parties seeking approval and registration to partake in forth coming elections. The newly registered parties are All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM) and Action Democratic Party (ADP), Young Progressive Party (YPP), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP) and Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), thus 45 political parties now in Nigeria.
According to the statement read by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Prince Adedeji Soyebi stating that the approved parties has fulfilled the constitutional requirements for registration. He also said INEC decided not to deploy personel to polling unit for the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) due to fund and people can only do that at their various local government because that’s the only way INEC can due to funding as registration at poling unit will gulp fund.
The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, confessed at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) and other senior staff of the commission on the ongoing CVR that, “the total budgetary provision for CVR in 2017 budget including all the rerun and tenure elections, bye-elections and general elections is N1.2b this year. So all the money available in the budget is barely enough to pay for the cost of personnel for one day, assuming we deployed at PUs level, and that does not include security”.
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According to Yakubu, there are 8,809 Registration Areas (RA) across the nation. He also said that the procurement of the Direct Data Capture (DDC) machines needed for the deployment at Polling Unit level is N129 billion, just as he revealed that the total cost for deployment for take- off at polling units level is N137.4bn “We will require 46,247 staff, 17,000 security personnel. If we are to pay the ad hoc staff N2,000 per day it will cost the Commission 92.4m every day for exercise,” he added.