2023: SAN wants INEC to reduce political parties to six

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Lateef Fagbemi, is pressing for the consideratio of a new bill to reduce the number of political parties in the country to six ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Fagbemi promoted his advocacy on Thursday in Abuja at the on-going National Workshop on Election Petition Review organised by the Court of Appeal in collaboration with the International Foundation on Electoral System (IFES).

He argued that a situation where INEC and Nigerians had to contend with over 86 political parties in an election was not healthy for any electoral process.

“I know that my position will generate reactions but the truth and reality is that political parties must be scaled down from the present 86 to maximum of six to sanitize the party system,” he said.

“Let nobody be taken off guard, our electoral system needs some drastic and very unpopular rejigging and amendments to the law.

“The sui-generis nature of electoral laws also dictates that reforms to them cannot but be unprecedented if they are to be effective,” he said.

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