Chris Steven, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has issued certificates to the five new political it registered last week.
This brings the number of registered political parties in Nigeria to 45. The Commission had last week Wednesday announced the registration of the five parties.
Mahmud Yakubu, INEC chairman urged the parties to operate according to the electoral laws and guidelines or risk being de-registered.
He also urged the parties to ensure they run an all-inclusive system of administration that caters for all categories of persons in the country.
The parties are Young Progressive Party (YPP); Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA); New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP); All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM) and Action Democratic Party (ADP).
The commission said 95 associations had applied for registration as political parties, but it approved five applications which met the constitutional requirements for registration.
Two out of the associations that applied for registration had voluntarily withdrawn their request and the remaining 88 are still undergoing processing and verification, according to the commission.