Freda Okhiria, Abuja
The Democratic People’s Congress (DPC) calls for the review of the 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) with a view to strengthening and deepening the nation’s political process ahead of 2019 general election.
DPC advocates for the inclusion of annual grant to political parties contesting various elections to enable them mobilize their members across the country and present credible candidates for election as obtainable from 1999 to 2010 when it was removed from the constitution and the Electoral Act.
According to the a press statement signed by the national chairman, DPC, Rev. Olusegun Peters stressed the need to give grant to political parties cannot be overemphasized as parties that are not in government find it difficult to raise adequate funds to mobilize their members and carryout voter education which will enhance our democracy and allow level playing ground for all political parties in Nigeria.
It was in pursuit of its one party system and ambition to rule the country for 60 years that the PDP dominated Senate and House of Representatives removed grant to parties from the constitution and Electoral Act which were passed by 36 State Houses of Assembly dominated by PDP in 2010.
It has become necessary to review the constitution and Electoral Act in this regard which will strengthen opposition parties, widen the political space and deepen our frail democracy.
We call on the National Assembly and the Independent National Electoral Commission to take immediate action to amend the extant laws and provide grant for political parties’ operations as obtainable in other democratic countries. The Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led constitution review committee should consider this proposal and act.