APC release congress Guidelines, grants waivers to new members, returning executives to contest
Written by crest887fm on July 19, 2021
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the approved schedule of activities and guidelines for the conduct of its nationwide ward congresses scheduled for July 31.
The approved schedule was contained in a statement issued by the National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John Akpanudoedehe, on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the party had, however, granted waivers to new members and returning executives to contest congresses.
According to Akpanudoedehe, purchase of nomination forms for Ward, Local Government and Area Councils and State Congresses would take place from July 19 to August 28.
He added that only wards and Local Government Areas stipulated in sections 156 of the Electoral Act and in part I&II of the first schedule to the 1999 Constitution as amended are recongised.
He further added that guiding regulation for the nationwide congresses was binding on all persons coordinating and participating in the exercise.
Akpanudoedehe said each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) shall for the purpose of the party’s 2021 congresses, have a committee of seven persons to be selected based on their proven integrity.
He added that the WCC shall appoint three persons from any other part of the state other than the ward in which they would serve to be referred as Local Ward Congress Committee (LWCC).
He said the LWCC shall be responsible for the conduct of the screening and congress in their assigned ward under the directives and supervision of the WCC which shall ensure that the exercise was all inclusive.
He said further that the ward congress would consist of all registered party members in the ward, adding that newly registered members from the updated 2021 party membership register were eligible to participate in the ward congress.
According to him, the ward congress would carry out the election of Ward Chairman, Ward Vice Chairman, Ward Secretary, Ward Assistant Secretary, Ward Legal Adviser and Ward Assistant Legal Adviser, among others. He added that chairmanship aspirants shall require one sponsor per polling unit within the ward, while other positions shall require one sponsor from at least half of the polling units within the ward.