The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will continue to recognise and deal with only the 18 registered political parties, pending the final resolution and determination of the various appeals filed and pending before the Supreme Court.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Festus Okoye, gave the indication while giving update on the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
He asked the 74 deregistered political parties to await the judgement of the apex court on appeals relating to the powers of INEC to deregister political parties in accordance with section 225A of the Constitution.
The commission, however, expressed its readiness to always obey court orders and would abide by any judgement delivered by the Supreme Court.
INEC insisted that it would not issue access code to or accept the list and particulars of candidates emanating from such primaries.
It also advised the registered political parties to strictly adhere to the provisions of their constitutions on internal party administration and nomination of candidates for elections.
The electoral umpire stated that respect for party constitution and due process were cardinal to electoral democracy, adding that political parties must keep to their obligations to internal democracy and the rule of law.