The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disclosed that there will be no membership registration and revalidation by proxy as all intended entrants and existing members must be physically present for the registration exercise.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Thursday during a train-the-trainers workshop for officials of the APC membership registration exercise. The workshop is supported by the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
“There is no room for membership registration and revalidation by proxy. That is why we have paid attention to cultural peculiarities and possible restrictions in some parts of the country by ensuring that the composition of the membership registration officials comprises all gender.” APC Director of Organisation, Prof. Ussiju Medaner told participants at the workshop.
At the workshop, a training manual for the registration officials noted that the nationwide membership registration and register update of the Party is an important and most unique element of growing the party in preparation for all future electoral outings.
“This is premised on the fact that the strength of the party is the bulk of its guaranteed support and membership base. The APC in a bid to enlarge its support base and simultaneously create ownership mentality that will translate to improved members participation is embarking on the membership registration which includes the energising of the registered members to be paying annual dues as contained in the party rules book.” The manual stated.
In respect of the registration procedure, the manual stated that, registration forms, duplicate membership card, party seal, due card, hard copy register, computer system with readymade registration template, stationeries, hand sanitisers, temperature checkers will be provided for officials undertaken the registration and revalidation exercise.
“At the registration center, there will be Registration Officers (ROs) with respective assigned job functions including interface with intending members, biodata collection and entering data in the register.”
Prof. Medaner noted that if an individual insists on collecting registration form on behalf of another it should be rejected in its entirety, while insisting that all members should submit their forms by themselves.
He also stated that In case an individual made a photocopy of the form from another and presented the same for submission, such form must be collected and set aside while the individual is directed to follow the accepted pathway. Such forms are invalid and must be destroyed and captured in the exercise report.
According to him, attempts by an individual to register more than once, when discovered, should be stopped either at the registration point or at the point of final collation and documentation.
“To prevent multiple registration, the use of ink on the thumb of each registered individual and more efficiently, the design of the final documentation template identifies repeated data entry.
In compliance with COVID-19 directives; APC APC Director of Organisation directed that the choice of the registration venue must allow space for social distancing which must be enforced by Registration Officers (ROs)
He also said that the queues are to be orderly while rowdiness is to be prevented by all means feasible.
He said the use of nose and face mask must be mandated at the registration centres while Hand sanitisers and temperature check are to be made available at all registration centres.