The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday announced the registration of 23 new political parties, raising the number of registered parties in Nigeria to 91.
Some of the new parties bear acronyms that can be easily recalled, such as YES, which means YES Electorates Solidarity and RAP, the Reform and Advancement Party. There are also COP, standing for Congress of Patriots and UP, meaning United Patriots. One of the parties share the acronym of the American University of Nigeria, AUN in Yola. It is called Alliance for a United Nigeria.
The other 21 parties are Advanced Alliance Party (AAP) , Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), African Action Congress (AAC), Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD), Alliance National Party (ANP) and Allied People’s Movement (APM).
Also registered were Alternative Party of Nigeria (APN), Change Nigeria Party (CNP), Liberation Movement (LM), Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP), Nigeria for Democracy (NFD) and Peoples Coalition Party (PCP)
Others are Save Nigeria Congress (SNC), United Peoples Congress (UPC), We The People Nigeria (WTPN) , Youth Party (YP), and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
The Commission in a statement issued by Mohammed Haruna, its National Commissioner and Member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, in Abuja stated that the registration of the new parties was one of the decisions taken at its regular meeting held on Tuesday.
The Commission said it received 144 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties.
“After a rigorous process of evaluation in accordance with the Constitution and Electoral Act which included assessment of the constitutions and manifestos of the intending parties and verification of membership of their executive committees and offices, the 23 associations met all the requirements and so have been registered as political parties.
“This brings the number of political parties to 91 and will be the last round of registration of parties until after the general elections on 16 Feb. 2019.