Direct Primaries Will Create Room For Manipulations – DG, Lukman

Direct Primaries Will Create Room For Manipulations – DG, Lukman

Salihu Lukman, the Director-General of the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF), on Saturday said the amendment of the Electoral Act which forced political parties to adopt direct primaries is vague and would create room for manipulations. Information Guide Nigeria

Lukman made the call in a statement and stressed that all grey areas on the matter must be eliminated in order to entrench democratic ideals. RIPPLES NIGERIA reports.

He said the amended Electoral Act did not address some grey areas on the nation’s electoral steps.

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The bill when signed into law will address all challenges related to the indirect primary method of selecting party candidates for elective offices. jamb results

In Lukman’s words: “For instance, the only thing that exists as means of identification of party members is an ordinary piece of paper and records of members exist only in hard copies available perhaps to only Ward officials and National Secretariat of the party. It leaves much room for manipulation and extraneous practices.

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

‘This will guide the process and guarantee that all the bad practices associated with the indirect method of electing party candidates are eliminated.”

The PGF chief added: “In several respects, the issue of compelling parties to use the direct method for internal party elections as part of the Electoral Act is also popular perhaps because increasingly many political party members and leaders have lost confidence that parties can on their own adopt internal rules that can truly allow for direct primary.

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


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