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Independent candidature to 'deepen democracy'

11 August 2013, 08:35

Abuja – Several politicians in Lagos hailed the House of Representatives’ approval of independent candidature for future elections.

These politicians include former Governor Donald Duke of Cross River. The politicians feel that the approval would strengthen Nigeria’s democracy and promote the right of an individual to vote and be voted for.

The House of Representatives approved independent candidacy on July 24 during by voting on the report of its Ad-hoc Committee on the amendment of the 1999 Constitution.

Duke described the lawmakers’ decision as a step in the right direction.

He said that America was doing same, and that Nigeria needed to take any steps that would deepen its democracy.

The former governor, however, advised that the initiative should be properly implemented to make it a success.
"Before you qualify for standing in an election, you must have a certain number of people to endorse your candidature.

This will prevent elections from being flooded with candidates.

The Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Ayodele Adewale, said that independent candidature would strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.

"Independent candidature is good; it will help to strengthen our democracy."

Adewale said that independent candidature would enhance the credibility of Nigeria’s elections.

"However, you must not forget the fact that you need to network even though you are an independent candidate,’’ he advised.



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