Extra: APC urges INEC to de-register some political parties
Ondo State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) to commenced the de-registration of political parties who did not leave up to expectation in the just concluded general election.
The party who made the call through its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on Friday maintained that the voting pattern on ballot paper was so clustered putting huge burden on both INEC and electorates.
The APC noted that even some educated electorates find difficulty understanding the ballot paper, let alone illeterates.
“A lot of political parties should be de-listed completely,” Otaloro told NAN.
“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,
“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.
“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 added