How to Become a Delegate in Nigeria
If you are interested in political party primaries and you want to participate in them, you will have to know how to become a delegate in Nigeria. There are several ways to do it. The first step is to register as a delegate in your party’s website. This process can take up to a month. The second step is to choose a candidate. You must know who you want to vote for and who you want to delegate to.
statutory delegates are invalidated by the Electoral Act 2022
In recent weeks, the Senate has passed an amendment to the Electoral Act 2022, which recognises statutory delegates as valid voters during primaries, conventions and congresses. Although Buhari has not yet signed the amendment, it is expected that he will do so soon. The amendment will have an impact on how political parties prepare for the February 2023 elections.
As a result, candidates in the APC primary election could find themselves in a bind if they are unable to participate in party primaries. Statutory delegates include state and federal lawmakers, governors and their deputies, state party chairmen, and the president and vice president.
The Electoral Act 2022 has made it illegal for politicians to field more than one candidate for the same office. In some states, multiple nomination forms are illegal and subject to a maximum penalty of two years in jail. This provision has caused the PDP to have a crisis in Akwa Ibom State.
The Electoral Act 2022 also contains provisions to ensure a smooth conduct of nominations, primaries, and general elections. Despite this new law, the PDP has not yet finalised its candidates for the presidential election. As of now, the PDP has 13 aspirants and the All Progressives Congress (APC) has 20.
ad hoc delegates vote in party primaries alongside statutory delegates
In Nigeria, ad hoc delegates are elected to attend party conventions and congresses and participate in the voting process, in addition to statutory delegates elected by the party. This law has been in place for many years, but a recent amendment made by the National Assembly allows Ad hoc delegates to participate in party primaries alongside statutory delegates.
However, the president of Nigeria has refused to sign a bill allowing ad hoc delegates to vote in party primaries alongside statutory partisans, preventing them from participating in the party primaries. This decision has resulted in a slew of problems for Nigerian political parties, which have been accused of giving undue advantage to current and former political office holders by using ad hoc delegates in party primaries.
For example, the PDP allows only one delegate per local government area and one ad hoc national delegate per physically challenged person. In contrast, the APC allows three ad hoc national delegates per local government in Lagos state. This would mean that the Lagos presidential primaries would involve a total of sixty delegates.
There are some problems with the PDP using Ad hoc delegates in party primaries. The ruling was obtained by a court, but has not been implemented yet. The party is expected to begin its Presidential Convention tomorrow.
delegates are merchandise for sale to the highest bidder
In Nigeria, delegates are being sold like merchandise, a typical example being the aspirant that gets nominated or elected as a delegate. In this scenario, aspirants are put in buses straight to the voting venue, without having time to interact with anybody, or be bought by other aspirants. The aspirant is then seen as merchandise, highly inflammable, and combustible. They are not allowed to engage in debates with anyone.
In the last elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held its primary election last week. One of the delegate from Delta State used his money from the primary election to buy a new car. In this system, only aspirants with millions of dollars are able to win votes, while anyone else is a pariah. In this environment, it is impossible for a brilliant politician to emerge.
It is important to note that vote buying is widespread in Nigeria. In 2007, the median price of a vote was 2,250 naira. The figures for the general elections in 2011 were similar. The Afro Barometer study found that many Nigerians who entered into vote-buying deals defected from their party. This phenomenon is made possible by the secrecy surrounding the ballot in Nigeria. Furthermore, votes from more than one party can be bought.