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Mandate parties to digitise membership register, ADP urges INEC

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 The Chairman of Action Democratic Party ADP Benue chapter Prof Yakubu Ochefu has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to mandate political parties to digitise their membership register Ochefu made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Abuja He said the call became necessary in view of the need to address some of the irregularities in the country s electoral process According to him digitised party membership register will go a long way to stop party members from holding multiple positions as well as jumping from one political party to another without proper resignation He said that online registration of party members could have averted some anomalies that were not anticipated at the just concluded party primaries ahead of 2019 general elections He added that INEC should make that mandatory and synchronise political party database with that of INEC so that when it comes to primaries we can easily know who is eligible to vote in a particular ward because that is where he or she has been captured As it is now that you are not able to drive that process we have a situation whereby a member of ADP in Otukpo Local Government is also a member of Social Democratic Party in Agatu and a member of Peoples Democratic Party in Makurdi In some cases even those holding executive positions have been able to manipulate it because there is nobody checking INEC can drive that process and mandate political parties to digitise their membership register and use electronic voting in their primaries This will enable us to know that people are not holding multiple political positions or jumping from one political party to another without properly resigning The party state chairman accused some state governors of truncating efforts to drive the process saying some state governors know very well that direct primaries would kill their ambition to impose their candidates so they work against it Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
Mandate parties to digitise membership register, ADP urges INEC

Chairman of Action Democratic Part

The Chairman of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Benue chapter, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, has urged

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Independent National Electoral Commission

the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

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to mandate political parties to digitise their membership register.

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Nigeria News Agency

Ochefu made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the call became necessary in view of the need to address some of the irregularities in the country’s electoral process.

According to him, digitised party membership register will go a long way to stop party members from holding multiple positions,


as well as jumping from one political party to another without proper resignation.

He said that online registration of party members could have averted some anomalies that were not anticipated at the just


concluded party primaries ahead of 2019 general elections.

He added that “INEC should make that mandatory and synchronise political party database with that of INEC, so that when it comes to


primaries, we can easily know who is eligible to vote in a particular ward because that is where he or she has been captured.

“As it is now, that you are not able to drive that process, we have a situation whereby a member of ADP in Otukpo Local

Social Democratic Party in Agatu

Government is also a member of Social Democratic Party in Agatu and a member of Peoples Democratic Party in Makurdi.

“In some cases, even those holding executive positions have been able to manipulate it because there is nobody checking.

INEC can drive that process and mandate political parties to digitise their membership register and use electronic voting in their


primaries.

“This will enable us to know that people are not holding multiple political positions or jumping from one political party to another


without properly resigning.”

The party state chairman accused some state governors of truncating efforts to drive the process, saying


“some state governors know very well that direct primaries would kill their ambition to impose their candidates, so, they work


against it. 


Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

 

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