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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the registration of a new political party, the ‘Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).
The registration of UPN brings to 26, the number of registered political parties in Nigeria.
According to a statement signed by the INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, “The commission at its meeting held on Thursday April 17, 2014, approved the registration of the Unity Party of Nigeria, the applicant having met the legal requirements for the registration.
“The registration of the UPN brings to 26 the number of political parties in Nigeria”.
THISDAY gathered that factional leader of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Fredrick Fasheun is one of those behind the formation of the new party.
He is the National Chairman of the party and one Abdullahi Sokoto is the National Secretary.
It has its registered office in Area 3, Zuma Close, Flat One Block 12.
Meanwhile, in readiness for the 2015 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that it would flag off the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise nationwide in three phases with the first phase commencing from 28 May to June 1, 2014.
It also said that each phase of the exercise will be preceded by nation-wide distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
According to the commission, under first phase, the nation-wide CVR will take place in the following states: Taraba, Gombe, Zamfara, Kebbi, Benue, Kogi, Abia, Enugu, Akwa-Ibom and Bayelsa.
According to a Decision Extract released by the Commission following its meeting on Thursday, 17th April 2014, “the CVR will be preceded by a nation-wide distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the aforementioned ten states from 23rd to 25th May 2014”.
Though the dates of the CVR of the outstanding Phases and states are yet to be released by the Commission, each Phase of CVR will be preceded by the distribution of PVCs.
The decision to stagger the CVR exercise and the distribution of PVCs, the commission said was informed by lessons learnt by the Commission from the recent CVR exercise and distribution of PVCs in Ekiti and Osun states.
Governorship elections are to take place in Ekiti and Osun states on June 21st and August 9th this year.