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Finally, INEC Recognises Youth Party As Political Party

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday recognised the Youth Party (YP) as the 19th Political Party in Nigeria with the restoration of all the rights and privileges accorded political parties in Nigeria.

This came after the Commission deliberated on the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the deregistration of the Party.

In a press release issued by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the commission’s decision to deregister the party earlier was allegedly in accordance with Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution.

Unsatisfied, the YP went to secure a restraining order against the deregistration at the Federal High Court.

After much deliberations, Okoye said the Commission has re-recognised the Youth Party as a political party with the restoration of all privileges accorded a political party in the country.

The statement read in part: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today, Thursday, 20th July 2023 and among other issues deliberated on the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the deregistration of the Youth Party (YP) as a political party.

“It will be recalled that the Youth Party (YP) was registered on 16th August 2018 by virtue of the judgement of the Federal High Court delivered on 16th October 2017.

“Following the Commission’s decision to deregister some parties in accordance with Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the Youth Party approached the Federal High Court and secured an Order restraining the Commission from deregistering it.

“On appeal by the Commission, the Court of Appeal set aside the Order of the Federal High Court and on further appeal by the party, the Supreme Court set aside the deregistration of the party.

“Based on the judgement of the Supreme Court, the Commission interfaced with officials of the Youth Party on the modalities for its operation based on the Constitution, the Electoral Act 2022 and the Regulations and Guidelines of the Commission.

“Consequently, the Commission has recognised the Youth Party (YP) as the 19th Political Party in Nigeria with all the rights and privileges accorded political parties in Nigeria.”

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