The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered the Youth Party (YP), a new political party.
Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, announced this on Thursday in Abuja in a statement.
The statement explained that the registration process of the Youth Party which was registered on 16th August 2018 under the judgement of the Federal High Court delivered on 16th October 2017.
“Following the commission’s decision to deregister some parties in accordance with Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the Youth Party approached the Federal High Court and secured an Order restraining the commission from deregistering it.
“On appeal by the commission, the Court of Appeal set aside the Order of the Federal High Court and on further appeal by the party, the Supreme Court set aside the deregistration of the party.
The statement said that based on the judgement of the Supreme Court, INEC interfaced with officials of the YP on the modalities for its operation based on the Constitution, the Electoral Act 2022 and the Regulations and Guidelines of the Commission.
“Consequently, the commission has recognised the Youth Party (YP) as the 19th Political Party in Nigeria with all the rights and privileges accorded political parties in Nigeria.”
This development raised the number of registered political parties in the country to 19. INEC had on 6 February 2020 deregistered 74 political parties for poor performance in the 2019 general elections and the subsequent re-run elections across the country.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, said in addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties, the Fourth Alteration to Section 225(a) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, empowers the commission to deregister political parties.