APC grants waivers to new members and returning officers | The Guardian Nigeria News
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the approved schedule of activities and guidelines for the conduct of its national parish conventions scheduled for July 31.
The approved schedule was in a statement released by National Secretary, APC Custodian and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Senator John Akpanudoedehe on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the party had, however, granted exemptions to new members and returning leaders to attend congresses.
“The National Executive Committee (NEC) has granted waivers to new members who requested them, as well as to all officers at the ward, local government and state levels.
“In addition to the waivers granted to officers who wish to be re-elected, the waiver is hereby granted to persons who have recently joined the party to vote and be elected, provided their names appear in the parish registers,” he said. -he declares.
According to Akpanudoedehe, the purchase of nomination forms for neighborhood, local and area government councils and state congresses would take place from July 19 to August 28.
“The selection of aspirants to the positions of the parish party is scheduled for July 29 to 30, the parish conventions will be held on July 31, the calls from the parish conventions will be held from August 2 to 7,” he said. declared.
He added that only the neighborhoods and areas of local government stipulated in Articles 156 of the Election Law and in Part I and II of the First Annex of the Constitution of 1999 as amended are recognized.
He further added that the governing regulations of national congresses were binding on all those coordinating and participating in the exercise.
Akpanudoedehe said each state in the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) must, for the purposes of party conventions in 2021, have a committee of seven to be selected based on their proven integrity.
“They will be appointed and supervised by the CECPC and will be referred to as the Parish Convention Committee (WCC). Committee members will be assigned to locations outside of their recruiting states.
“It is made up of a President, a Secretary and five other members, including a woman if possible.
“The committee will be responsible for the conduct of the exercise of the congress of the parish in its duty station,” said the scribe of the APC.
He added that the WCC will appoint three people from any other part of the state other than the ward in which they would serve to be referred to as the Local Ward Congress Committee (LWCC).
He said the LWCC will be responsible for conducting the screening and convention in their assigned room under the guidance and supervision of the WCC who will ensure the exercise is inclusive.
He said the parish convention would be made up of all party members registered in the parish, adding that newly registered members of the party membership register updated in 2021 were eligible to attend the parish convention.
According to him, the district congress would proceed to the election of the president of the district, the vice-president of the district, the secretary of the district, the assistant secretary of the district, the legal adviser of the district and the assistant legal adviser of the district, among others. .
“Candidates for party positions in constituencies will be elected at various conventions and must be persons of the highest degree of good character, skill and ability and must pay the fees specified for the party nomination form.
“Aspirants for the post of ward president will buy forms at a cost of N10,000; the forms for the posts of vice-president, secretary and treasurer of a parish cost N5,000.
“Other offices cost 2,000 naira. All delegates will pay 1000 N for the form, ”Akpanudoedehe said.
He added that presidential candidates will need one sponsor per voting unit within the ward, while other positions will require a sponsor of at least half of the voting units within the ward.
He further added that all applicants and persons with disabilities will pay 50 percent of the prescribed fee for each position.
He said all payments for the purchase of nomination forms should be made directly to banks accredited by the APC.
He added that all party positions prescribed or implied by its constitution for congresses will be filled by democratic elections at the respective congresses.
“However, for peace and harmony, the party encourages the emergence of candidates by consensus as a first step, provided that when a candidate has emerged by consensus for an elected office.
“A yes or no vote is taken by ballot or by vote.
“The greatest transparency is required in all elections, therefore in all respects the votes must be counted and the results announced and recorded on the spot.
“In the event of a tie in a ballot, the election for that particular position will be repeated for the tied candidates until a winner emerges,” he said.
He added that the winner of an election will be determined by a simple majority of the total votes cast and declared the winner unanimously.
Akpanudoedehe added that all those vying for the post of youth leader must be between the ages of 18 and 35, saying all aspirants must prove their financial affiliation with the party.