Nigeria’s premier/pre-eminent legislative and policy think-tank, OrderPaper Nigeria, and its partners, is set to hold its first-ever Citizens Town Hall and Election Debate for Legislative Candidates.
The event, which will play host to stakeholders in nation-building, will feature National Assembly Candidates for the two House of Representatives seats and lone Senatorial seat in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Executive Director of OrderPaper, Oke Epia said the initiative has become imperative given the important decisions for citizens to make in the 2023 elections.
“For us at OrderPaper, we believe in the legislature being the foremost of the three branches of Government in a representative democracy. Having also been at the forefront of putting the spotlight on the institution of parliament for nearly ten years now, with numerous endorsements, we consider it a call to duty to put this pilot series together for constituents resident in the Nigerian capital,” he said.
In a statement released by the organisers, all registered political parties with valid candidates for the legislative polls have been invited for the event.
“The town hall debate thus presents an opportunity for them to showcase their legislative agenda ahead of the February 25, 2023, elections and answer pertinent questions on a wide range of subjects.
It is scheduled to hold on Monday, 5th December 2022 at Sandralia Hotel, Jabi, Abuja
“OrderPaper is hosting the event in collaboration with civil society partners, including FixPolitics Initiative, Enough is Enough (EiE), Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), and the Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA). It is being implemented as part of the VOTER (Validating the Office of The Electorate on Representation) Project with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) Project by Palladium”.
The organisers described the event as part of its drive to encourage proper scrutiny of legislative candidates; with the aim of electing productive legislators integral to effective service delivery by government.
“Nigeria’s electoral system, as it is currently structured, encourages a bandwagon effect whereby legislative candidates are largely elected based on their alignment with popular executive candidates. This, they say, is not necessarily on their individual merit, thus greatly affecting the quality of representation in our society.
OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that delivers interventions in the legislative space to expand the frontiers for good governance and deepen democratic practices.