Ku The Youth Party in Lagos State on Friday released guidelines and schedule of activities for the conduct of its primaries ahead of the July 24 local government election in the state.
The party, in a statement jointly signed by its National Chairman, Tomiwa Aladekomo and the National Secretary, Mujaheed Ahmad, announced that the party would conduct its primary election electronically on May 28.
It also announced 50 per cent slash on nomination fee for female aspirants as well as persons with disabilities.
According to the party, guidelines for the primaries are open and accessible for transparency on the party’s website: https://youthpartyng.com.
“Voting will be innovative and convenient as we are adopting electronic means: online and SMS. It will be secured, monitored by candidates and INEC, and secret as required by the law.
“The members’ list/voters list for each constituency or elective position will be available to all aspirants without discrimination.
“The Youth Party is committed to expanding the democratic space by providing a level playing field for all aspirants on its platform.
“We encourage anyone who aspires to contest in a free and fair primary to join the party at www.youthpartyng.com/join-movement/,” the statement read.
The party said that all decisions were reached following the resolution of itsNational Executive Committee (NEC) on the conduct of the Party’s primaries for the July 2021 Lagos State Local Government election.
It said that the guidelines were in conformity with the constitution of the party, the 2010 Electoral Act (as amended), the Lagos State Local Government (Administration) Law, and the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) Guidelines.
The party said that sales of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms, which commenced on May 4, would end on May 20 at the Lagos State Secretariat of the party in Sabo-Yaba.
It said that chairmanship, vice-chairmanship and councillorship aspirants who wanted to contest the election on the platform of the party could also obtain forms online at www.youthpartyng.com.
The party said that the screening of aspirants would hold between May 21 and May 22 while the appeals arising from the screening would be heard on May 24 and May 25
It said appeals arising from the May 28 Primaries would be heard on May 31.
The aspirants are expected to obtain the Expression of Interest Form and Nomination forms from the State Secretariat of the Party or such other place as may be designated by the National Working Committee of the Party.
“On completion, the aspirant is expected to return same to the state secretariat or scan and email to the party at email@example.com or such other place as may be designated by the National Working Committee.
“An aspirant is expected to obtain the Nomination form from the State Secretariat of the Party or such other place designated by the National Working Committee of the party and evidenced upon payment of the prescribed non-refundable fee of N50,000 for Chairmanship, N25,000for Vice Chairmanship and N20,000 for Councillorship.
“Female aspirants and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) shall pay 50% (half) of the prescribed nomination fee,” the statement read.
The party preached transparent political leadership and followership devoid of money politics, bribery, violence, repression and corruption.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) had rolled out timetable and guidelines to political parties for the conduct of the election in the state.(NAN)