The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the 74 political parties earlier de-registered remain banned from taking part in any election until the Supreme Court decides otherwise.
The commission stressed that whatever the judgment will be, it will abide by it, adding that for now, it will continue to recognize only 18 political parties on its record.
The commission had appealed at the Supreme Court relating to the powers of the Commission to deregister political party in accordance with Section 225(A) of the constitution.
In a statement in Abuja today, March 19, the INEC Commissioner for Voter Education, Festus Okoye, said that the various letters of complaint emanating from the affected parties whose candidates have signified intention to contest the Anambra State governorship election, are not necessary.
According to him, the deregistered parties, which hinged their request to nominate candidates on the judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered on June 11, 2020 cannot make the commission to jump the gun.
Okoye insisted that the commission will continue to recognize and deal with only the 18 registered political parties pending the final resolution and determination of the various appeals filed by the parties.