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Nigeria elections: National Assembly requests legalization of presidential debates and state governors

The Nigerian Congress of Political Parties (CNPP) has mandated the National Assembly to make participation in presidential and governance debates mandatory.

A statement by Secretary-General Willy Ezogo said that the enactment of a law in this sense would strengthen the electoral process in Nigeria.

The CNPP questioned why some standard holders were deliberately refused to attend discussions or were excluded by regulators.

The coalition believes that legitimizing dialogues with the standard-bearers present will help citizens make informed decisions.

In developed democracies such as the United States, the debates are an intrinsic part of the electoral process, the CNPP said.

Izugo noted that no serious contender in the US presidential race could stay out.

There is a need to make the debates related to the governorship and presidential office in Nigeria mandatory for all candidates and their parties.

“The discussions should be a genuine platform for the public to examine the people they seek to represent in government.”

The statement urged the National Assembly to take immediate action to make its demands customary.

The CNPP proposed a law to create a National Election Debate Committee (CED) with a mandate to arrange speeches.

She added that the committee should be empowered to penalize candidates who fail to participate as well as impose penalties.

The 2023 campaign season is in full swing ahead of general elections in February and March.

Paula Tinubu, All Progressives Conference (APC); Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Peter Obie, Labor Party (LP); Rabiu Kwankwaso, the Nigerian New People’s Party (NNPP) are the top candidates for the presidency.

Nigeria elections: National Assembly requests legalization of presidential debates and state governors

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