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NEWS UPDATE: Direct primaries have ambiguities that must be made clear- DG, APC Govs Forum

NEWS UPDATE: Direct primaries have ambiguities that must be made clear- DG, APC Govs Forum

Manager-Full general Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman, on Saturday said the amendment of the country’s Electoral Deed mandating political parties to adopt the direct cast of primaries in selecting candidates for elections, has ambiguities that must be made clear.

He said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, noting that the amended Electoral Deed does not address some indistinct sections, NAN reports.

Recall that the amendments of the Electoral Deed had gone through public hearing and was finally passed by both chambers of the National Assembly and is currently awaiting assent by the president.

The bill, when signed into law, is expected to address issues of corruption involved in the indirect primary methods of selecting political party candidates for elective offices.

Subdivision 87(1) of the proposed amendment bill provides that ‘A political political party seeking to appoint candidates for elections under this Bill shall take hold direct primaries for aspirants to all elective positions, which shall be monitored by INEC.

Lukman, nevertheless nonetheless, pointed out some flaws in the amended Bill, saying it does not address political parties’ direction of their membership register which was fundamental for a credible direct primary to be conducted.

He famous whether the objective of mandating political parties to adopt the direct method was to ensure a credible physical process of nominating political party candidates amongst other things, admissibility of members of a political political party during direct elections should be good outlined.

He added that the amendment existence proposed took many issues for granted.

“For instance, the only thing that exists as way of identification of political party members is an ordinary piece of paper and records of members be only in tough copies available perhaps to only Ward officials and National Secretariat of the political party. It leaves much room for manipulation and extraneous practices.

“Beyond the sentiments in favour of direct primary, thus, there is the demand to properly outline a clear administrative framework under the law.

‘This will guide the physical process and guarantee that all the poor practices associated with the indirect method of electing political party candidates are eliminated,” he said.

Lukman, piece alleging that the drive for the direct primary was an agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC), added that it could be an endeavor by some political party members to reach personal goals.

The PGF DG farther added that it could also be because Nigerians and political party members have lost faith in their parties.

“In several respects, the issue of compelling parties to utilization the direct method for internal political party elections as section of the Electoral Deed is also pop perhaps because increasingly many political political party members and leaders have lost confidence that parties can on their possess adopt internal rules that can genuinely allow for direct primary.

“Otherwise, ordinarily the selection of the direct primary should be decided internally within parties. To a big extent, it is also a matter that should define the ideological orientation of parties,” he said.

Lukman appealed to the National Assembly to rework Subdivision 87 of the Bill on direct primary and take it through all the legislative processes, including a public hearing, to enable Nigerians contribute to making the law before presenting it to the President

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