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an exemplification of the fact that the crucifix of good governance remains strictly with aproperly constituted political party which would in turn constitute government at alllevels.
Political Party Primaries
What political party primaries entail are detailed in the provisions of the Electoral Act2010
, as amended. The Act classifies political party primaries into two: Direct andIndirect.The direct primaries involve a process whereby all aspirants are given equal opportunityof being voted for DIRECTLY by registered members of the party
. This direct primariessystem is the practice in the United States, where registered Republicans, Democratsand even Independents vote directly for aspirants, or in caucuses in a minority of states.In this primaries system, aspirants appeal directly to voters and their preferences ratherthan party apparatchiks.This is the most democratic system of candidate selection, and makes the membershipof the party the truly supreme organ of the party
. Sadly, as a result of the penchant ofour political leaders to micro-manage the primaries, this option is hardly ever adopted bythe parties because of the possibility of the process getting out of the control of the
.Indirect primaries on the other hand, simply connote a delegate conference at variouslevels at different dates with a possible grand finale at a specified date. This is theoption most favoured by political parties in Nigeria and it is the groundswell of politicalintrigues resulting in bribery, intimidation of delegates and ultimately swapping ofcandidates with the plethora of court cases that have characterized our political culturein recent times.Perhaps because of the susceptibility of the indirect primaries to manipulation by partyleaders, the Electoral Act specifies a detailed procedure for the implementation of thesystem
. Indirect primaries give party apparatchiks more leeway to determine outcomesof electoral contests and encourage the imposition of the will of the party leadership onthe membership.
Electoral Act 2010, S. 87
Ibid, S.87 (3).
Only our party the CPC attempted direct primaries in the 2011 election cycle, and had to abort it due to the absenceof an accurate and reliable membership register.
Ibid, S.87 (4).