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Procedure[edit]

Step 1

The first step to register a political party is to form a Political Association of members then you can send in your application by seeking registration as a political party (hereinafter referred to as "an association") and addressed it to the Chairman of the Electoral-Commission and submitted to the Commission's Headquarters not later than 4.p.m. on the 180th day preceding the commencement of the next general elections (states and federal elections).

Step 2

The Second Step is to fill the application for registration as a political party on commission's Form PA1 in 20 copies and attach the the following documents:

(a) The name of the proposed party;
(b) The names, signatures and residential address of the chairman and secretary of the association filing the application;
(c) Evidence of payment of the prescribed fee of N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira).
(d)Twenty copies of the association's constitution and manifesto.

Note :
No Association by whatever name called shall be registered as a political party unless the association submits to the chairman of the commission in person not later than 4p.m on the 150th day preceding the next general elections with the following documents:

(a)The names, signatures, residential addresses and
(b) states the local council areas of origin respectively of members of its national and state executive committees and the records of proceedings of the meeting where these officers were elected.
(C) The name or acronym of the association must:
(i) not be the same as the name or acronym of an existing party or any organization;
(ii) not have any ethnic, religious, professional or other sectional connotation;
(iii)not give the appearance that its activities are confined to a part only of Nigeria;
(iv) not be couched in such a way as to be capable of misleading the voters.
(v) A register showing that its membership is open to every citizen of Nigeria (who is a registered voter) irrespective of place of origin, circumstances of birth, ethnic group, sex or religion.
Step 3

You should attach a copy of the association's constitution which must be registered in the commission's Form PAI and shall contain among other things:

1. the association's aims and objectives, name symbol, emblem and motto;
2. provisions for periodic election or democratic basis of the principal officers and members of the executive committees or other governing bodies.
Step 4.

You should give a provision that the members or other governing bodies and administrative personnel at the national level reflect the federal character principle of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;

Step 5.

Give a provision showing that the association constitution and manifesto conform with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, the Electoral Act 2001 and these guidelines;

(a). a provision relating to disciplinary procedure of the association stating clearly the method of expelling an ordinary member, party official, political office holder including persons elected into public office on the platform of the association;
(b). a provision relating to the method of amendment or alteration of the constitution and
(c). a provision stating that the national headquarters of the association is situate in the Federal Capital Territory.
(d). Names, signatures, thumbprints, dates of joining, residential addresses of registered voters in at least 24 states of the federation and FCT who are members of the association and do not belong to any other political party or any other political association.
(e). An affidavit sworn to by the chairman or secretary of the association to the effect that no member of the association is a member of any other existing party or political association.
(f). A bank statement indicating the bank account into which all income of the proposed political association has been paid and shall continue to be paid and from which all expenses are paid and shall be paid.
(g). Give the address of its headquarters at Abuja and the addresses of its offices, list of its staff, list of its operational equipment and furniture in at lest 24 states of the federation.
Step 6.

Give Evidence of ownership or rental of such office.This can be attachment of Land Title or receipts of payment for the rent.

Note:
The symbol of the association must not portray any of the following:

  • Coat of Arms of the Federation;
  • Coat of Arms of any other country;
  • Any device or emblem which is normally associated with any of the following:
    • Any official acts of government or armed forces of the federation or Nigeria Police force or other uniformed service; or
    • Any tribe or ethnic group; or
    • Any religion or cult.
  • Any portrait of a person living or dead
  • Any symbol or part of a symbol which has been registered by another political party in Nigeria or political association or any public organization.

After the last date, the submission of applications by associations wishing to be registered as political parties, the commission shall consider all the applications received and verify the claims of the association.

The commission in verifying the claims shall among other things:

Display the list of the names on the application and membership of the political association as contained in the documents submitted to the commission, in every state and LGA of the federation for seven (7) days for public scrutiny and objections.

  • Check the names on the application to ensure that they are registered voters;
  • Check whether the membership contravenes any of the provisions of paragraph 6 of these guidelines;
  • Ascertain whether: the association has offices in 24 states of the federation and in the Federal Capital Territory as required by paragraph 4 of these guidelines;
  • the Constitution and manifesto of the association comply with the provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Act 2001 and these guidelines;
  • the composition of members of its executive committees and administrative personnel take into account the federal character principle of the federation and peculiarity and diversity of the people;
  • the name, acronym, motto and symbol do not



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Required Documents[edit]

(a) The name of the proposed party;
(b) The names, signatures and residential address of the chairman and secretary of the association filing the application;
(c) Evidence of payment of the prescribed fee of N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira).
(d) Twenty copies of the association's constitution and manifesto.



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC)

Headquarters:

Plot 436 Zambezi Crescent

Maitama District

FCT, Abuja NIGERIA

PMB 0184 Garki

FCT, Abuja Nigeria

Phone: +234 (0)9 222 INEC (4632)

Email : contact@inecnigeria.org



NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF NIGERIA.(NECON)

Olusegun Obasanjo Way

Area 10, P.M.B. 0184, Garki,

Abuja Tel: 09-234 1363;2340887


NATIONAL INFORMATION & DOCUMENTATION CENTRE (NIDOC)

5th Floor, Wing B, Radio

House, Area 10, Garki, Abuja


FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS

Block 'F' Old Secretariat, Area I, Garki, Abuja

P.M.B. 0016, Garki Post Office

Tel: 09-2341602, 2341525, 2341935, 2341936


FEDERAL MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

New Fed. Secretariat Complex

10th Floor, Federal Secretariat, Wing lB (1001-1099),

Block One, Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja Tel: 09-5235194.



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Eligibility[edit]

  • You must be a citizen of Nigeria of 18 years of age and above.
  • You must not be a traditional Ruler
  • You must not be a member of the public service of the federation or of a state as defined by the Constitution.
  • You must not be a member of the armed forces of the federation or of the Nigeria Police Force or security and paramilitary organs of the government.
  • Membership shall be in personal capacity not by reason of being a member of youth club, wing, or vanguard or any association seeking registration.



Fees[edit]

The fees for registration is N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira).



Validity[edit]

Valid for a long time



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Processing Time[edit]

Process takes 3- 6 months



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Instructions[edit]

  • The chairperson must submit the application in person.
  • The association must own offices in 24 states of the federation and in the Federal Capital Territory as required by paragraph 4 of the electoral guidelines.
  • The Chair person should have not registered as a voter in the area where he/she intends to vote during the elections
  • A political party is expected to win at least one seat in the National Assembly or State Houses of Assembly or risk to be deregistration.



Required Information[edit]

(a)The names, signatures, residential addresses and
(b)information on states or local council areas of origin respectively of members
(c) information on the national and state executive committees and the records of proceedings of the meeting where these officers were elected.
(d) The name or acronym of the association must



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Need for the Document[edit]

A political party for the purposes is defined as an organization of registered voters that has qualified to participate in an election by meeting all prescribed statutory requirements.

Nigeria has a multi-party system with sometimes two or three stronger parties and a third party that is electorally successful.


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