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APC names parties INEC should de-list, gives reasons

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to de-register political parties that failed to make impact at the just-concluded general elections.

He disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Akure.

“A lot of political parties should be de-listed completely.

“Probably, there should be criteria for this because it is not just a huge financial burden on INEC but a serious burden on the nation,” he said.

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According to him, the number does not allow illiterate Nigerians to quickly understand ballot papers on election days, hence the resultant high number of voided votes.

“The voting pattern on ballot paper is so clustered that even the educated people will find it difficult to some extent to understand, let alone the illiterates.

“I think INEC, which has constitutional role to set the rules, should do away with political parties that cannot win at least one state House of Assembly seat in the election,” he said.

Asked if the proposal should be tabled before National Assembly for consideration, Otaloro explained that lawmakers might not approve it because they are part of the problem.

“This should not be subjected to consideration and approval of the National Assembly because politicians find refuge in these smaller parties when they lose primaries in major parties.

“So, it may not work if they ask them for approval. It may not work and to me, it should be left for INEC to do,” he said.

 

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