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Published On: Wed, Jul 2nd, 2014

Presidents, govs, others must have university degrees – Delegate

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The National Conference on Tuesday agreed that those aspiring to contest for the offices of the President, governors, members of the National Assembly, state Houses of Assembly and local government chairmen, should have a minimum of a university degree.

It was however agreed that the minimum academic qualification for local government councillors must be a minimum of secondary school certificate.

Though the conference outlawed defection, it however agreed that elected political office holders and members of the political parties that merged into one should be allowed to remain in their offices.

The delegates also voted against what it called militarisation of the polity.

With this, the conference was asking the government to stop sending the military for election monitoring.

The Deputy Chairman of the conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, however warned delegates not to blame government if there were crises during elections.

It was also agreed that those removed from office by the courts because of rigging or electoral offences should not be allowed to benefit from privileges of such offices.

The delegates also agreed that May 29 should be scrapped as Democracy Day while election riggers should be banned from holding elective offices for 10 years. (NAN)

 

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