Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Friday rolled out guidelines for the conduct of congresses in the state.
The spokesman for the caretaker committee in the state, Paul Omotosho, said the guidelines were drawn up at a meeting of party leaders in the state capital, Ado Ekiti, on Sunday.
The party said that “fully registered and financial up to date members of the party shall have the right to vote and be voted for into any of the elective positions.
All elective party positions prescribed by the Constitution of the APC 2014 (as amended) shall for the purposes of the congresses be filled by democratically conducted elections subject where possible to consensus, provided that where a candidate has emerged by consensus for an elective position, a vote of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ by ballot or voice shall
be called to ensure that it was not an imposition.
No member of the party that currently holds an elective or appointive
position in government or is in the service of the Government of Ekiti
State shall be eligible to stand for election to any position in the party.
Any member that has served for a continuous period of 8 years on a
particular party position shall not be eligible to stand for election to the
It added: “participation and representation of women and differently abled persons
in different party structures. Accordingly, all women and differently
abled people shall only pay 50% of the cost of the nomination forms for
any position being contested.
4.3.6. There would be mass publicity of the dates and venues of the congresses
to ensure all members are well informed, towards broad based
participation and the overall success. Accordingly, the respective
venues of each of the congresses at the wards, local governments, and
state levels, shall be communicated to all stakeholders and pasted at the
party offices and venues of the congresses across the state.
4.3.7. Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
and security personnel shall be present during congresses to ensure a
transparent, fair, safe, and secure process.
4.3.8. The right of complaint of any aggrieved member/candidate is
guaranteed. Without prejudice to the provisions of the APC
Constitution on dispute resolution, the Ekiti State APC Elders Forum
shall set up a reconciliation committee to review complaints or
allegations of breaches from the State Congresses.
5. Voters Registration
5.1. All party members are enjoined to actively participate in the INEC
mobilisation programme for the on-going voters registration exercise.”