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|What Does It Mean To Be A Nigerian Political Delegate? by George: 2:14 pm On March 22, 2022|
The year 2023 is poised to be a critical year for all Nigerians. As with every election period, Nigerians — young and old, are expected to head to the polls in a bid to decide the people qualified to hold various elective positions in the country. But before the masses vote, parties have to choose their flag bearers.
According to Nigeria’s 2010 Electoral Act, all parties are mandated to hold what it refers to as “Primary Elections”. Similar to the general elections, party primaries feature an array of candidates with only one winner in the end. The difference is, this time, rather than going with a decision compiled from the general public, parties decide on representatives known as delegates, who then go ahead to vote for a party flag bearer from the myriad of candidates who indicate interest.
It goes without saying that the fate of our nation rests on the shoulders of the decision they make. But what exactly do they do, what is the reach of their influence and how are they selected? We answer all these questions and more.
Who is a Delegate?
Types of Delegates
How Are Delegates Selected?
However, it is noteworthy to mention that these delegates do not have a say in all party’s congresses.
For instance, the twenty-seven (27) elected officials in each state are delegates to the state primaries and as it concerns the State House of Assemblies primaries but are not delegates to the National Convention, except for key officials like the State Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Women Leader who are delegates to the National Convention.
What Are The Roles of A Delegate?
Delegates through inter-party elections better known as primaries decide who represents the party in whatever capacity, be it at the local, state and at the national level.
Delegates decide who emerges as the flagbearer of a party. This includes both the statutory and non-statutory delegates.
Delegates are stakeholders of a party.
Do Delegates Get Paid?
These unpatriotic delegates and their needs vary. For instance, why some statutory delegates might be concerned with aspirants who will help them secure contracts, political appointments, and favours, some of the non-statutory delegates, who are mostly middle-class, are more interested in immediate financial gains from these aspirants.
Why Are Delegates Important?
What Is The Difference Between A Delegate and A Representative?
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