Political science experts decry dearth of internal democracy among political parties
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on March 25, 2022
Political science experts have decried the dearth of internal democracy among political parties, saying internal democracy would have engendered greater participation in political affairs and the delivery of the much touted dividends of democracy.
The participants spoke in Lagos at a roundtable on reviewing Nigeria’s Democratic Consolidation: Assessing Dividends, Deficits and Opportunities for Engagement organised by the Centre for Constitutionalism and Demilitarisation (CENCOD), a leading pro-democracy organisation in Nigeria.
The roundtable was part of activities of the diaspora expert on democracy carried out by a researcher, Osagie Idehen, and hosted by CENCOD under its Democracy Fellows Programme.
The host, Professor Sylvester Odion said it appears Nigeria is not making progress with her democracy due to the many internal problems confronting political parties.
However, he said despite the cynicism to the recently concluded review of the Electoral Act, it is a step in the right direction towards addressing the deficit in the electoral process.
He concluded that the approval for independent candidacy and electronic transmission of results would revolutionize the electoral process.