The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it is processing 84 fresh applications from Nigerians seeking to register political parties.
Mr Solomon Soyebi, National Commissioner of the commission in charge of publicity, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a news conference.
He said: “As at the last count, the commission has received 84 applications from political associations demanding registration. The applications are at various levels of processes of registration’’
He also announced that the INEC has fixed 16 February 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly elections, while Governorship, State Assembly and Federal Capital Territory Area Councils polls will hold on 2 March of same year.
He said that fixing of the dates was part of efforts by INEC to standardize and ensure certainty of timetable for general elections in the country.
He said: “In order to ensure certainty in our dates for elections, and to allow proper planning by the commission, it has fixed date for national elections for the third Saturday in February of the election year.
“This will be followed by state elections two weeks later. Political parties, security agencies, candidates and all stakeholders are advised to note the dates,’’ Soyebi said.
He explained that the dates were the nearest to 100 days towards the end of the tenures of the incumbents.
He added that for states with staggered elections, the dates for their elections would also be determined by the expiration of tenures of the incumbents.