PDP, APC agree to co­op­er­ate for suc­cess­ful 2015 elec­tions

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Andrew Agbese

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the People’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) and the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) have agreed to work to­gether to­wards a suc­cess­ful 2015 elec­tions and iden­ti­fied the pas­sage of the Elec­toral Of­fenses Act as a vi­tal step to­wards achiev­ing that.

The two par­ties dur­ing a set of meet­ings in Wash­ing­ton con­vened by the Cen­ter for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (CSIS) in Wash­ing­ton, USA, said the pas­sage of the leg­is­la­tion would dis­cour­age elec­toral fraud while en­sur­ing in­tegrity of the elec­toral process. They agreed to press leg­is­la­tors for timely pas­sage of the Act.

A state­ment from the or­ga­ni­za­tion, signed by Ben Hub­ner, its Africa pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor and re­search as­so­ciate, in­di­cated that the PDP was rep­re­sented by Dr. Doyin Okupe, while the APC was rep­re­sented by Al­haji Lai mo­hammed and that both par­ties dis­cussed strate­gies for en­forc­ing good con­duct among can­di­dates in the forth­com­ing elec­tions.

“They held a pub­lic con­fer­ence at CSIS and pri­vate meet­ings with the U.S. Depart­ment of State, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Staff, and Nigeria ex­perts from Wash­ing­ton’s main democ­ra­cypro­mo­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions,” he stated.

The CSIS said other ar­eas the two leading Nige­rian par­ties agreed on in­clude the need to en­sure the in­tegrity, trans­parency, and timely com­ple­tion of the voter reg­is­tra­tion process say­ing the In­de­pen­dent Nige­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), party mem­bers, and civil so­ci­ety all have an im­por­tant roles to play in ed­u­cat­ing vot­ers on the reg­is­tra­tion process and en­cour­ag­ing them to reg­is­ter.

“Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both par­ties agreed to work on a com­mon code of con­duct that com­mits party lead­ers to speak out against vi­o­lence and in­cite­ment of vi­o­lence, and to pub­licly ad­mon­ish can­di­dates, party mem­bers, and sup­port­ers who re­sort to in­flam­ma­tory rhetoric or who seek to ex­ac­er­bate re­li­gious, re­gional, or eth­nic di­vi­sions.

“Both par­ties also agreed to hold a joint press con­fer­ence in the run-up to the up­com­ing Ek­iti and Osun State elec­tions sched­uled for June, 2014, to lay out prin­ci­ples of mod­er­a­tion of rhetoric, dis­cour­age­ment of vi­o­lence, re­spect of elec­toral out­comes, and the pur­suit of re­dress of grievances through es­tab­lished, law­ful process,” the state­ment added.

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