By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, the chief press secretary to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu does not see the proliferation of political parties as a burden to the election management body. The commission, he said, has adjusted itself to the reality of what the laws of the land have allowed for.
He said: “The Commission does not see the current number of political parties as a “proliferation”. We have 91 of them now simply because the law allows it. INEC’s duty is to adjust its operations to carry out what the constitution says.
“It is more appropriate to discuss the effects of more political parties on the electoral process, especially with regard to the 2019 general elections.
“The first effect can be seen in the dimension/ size of the ballot paper, which had to reflect the acronyms and logos of 73 political parties that took part in the presidential election. The Commission also has to do more in terms of voter education and also, the declaration of results took more time because the Commission had to read the scores of all participating political parties in the Presidential election for instance.
“INEC will therefore not categorize the rise in the number of parties as a burden. Rather, it is more appropriate to say it has increased the Commission’s operational costs.”