POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ELECTION AND POLITICAL PARTY MANAGEMENT

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ELECTION AND POLITICAL PARTY MANAGEMENT

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ELECTION AND POLITICAL PARTY MANAGEMENT

The PGD in Election and Party Management is designed to contribute to building a ready pool of experts and knowledgeable persons with hands-on experience and skills in election and party management with the aim of responding to the challenges and gaps in the management of elections and political parties in Nigeria.

The course seeks to provide students with:

  1. In-depth knowledge and understanding of elections and party management
  2. Hands-on skills and experience on elections and party management
  3. Tools and methodologies for research in elections and party management
  4. Skills and competencies in the management of elections and parties
  1. Five credit passes at the ordinary level, including English Language.
  2. Relevant bachelor's degree from a recognised university, not below 3rd class, in a related area.
  3. Relevant bachelor's degree from a recognised university, not below 2nd class (lower division) for backgrounds not closely related.
  4. Higher National Diploma (HND), Upper Credit, from a recognised institution.
  5. Relevant Professional qualifications.
  6. The admission requirements are as outlined for all the Postgraduate Diploma Programmes of the Institute.
  1. Students are expected to register for and pass all courses in order to graduate.

    COURSES CREDIT

    GLC 700: NIGERIA: ECONOMY, STATE AND SOCIETY 2

    GLC 701: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING 2

    MEP 701 HISTORY OF ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS IN NIGERIA 2

    MEP 702: ELECTORAL LEGAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS 2

    MEP 703: MODELS OF ELECTION MANAGEMENT BODIES (EMB) 2

    MEP 704: POLITICAL PARTIES: CAMPAIGNS AND FINANCES 2

    MEP 705: ELECTIONS MANAGEMENT 2

    MEP 706: ELECTORAL PLANNING AND BUDGETING 2

    MEP 707: POLITICAL PARTY MANAGEMENT 2

    MEP 708: TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTIONS 2

    MEP 709: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PUBLIC POLICY 2

    MEP 711: CITIZENS AND POLITICAL CHANGE 2

    MEP 712: GENDER, ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS 2

    GEC 710: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARLIAMENTARY POLITICS 2

    PLS 720: Research Project 4

    COURSE DISTRIBUTION

    1st YEAR-SEMESTER I CREDIT

    GLC 700: NIGERIA: ECONOMY, STATE AND SOCIETY 2

    GLC 701: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING 2

    MEP 701 HISTORY OF ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS IN NIGERIA 2

    MEP 703: MODELS OF ELECTION MANAGEMENT BODIES (EMB) 2

    MEP 705: ELECTIONS MANAGEMENT 2

    MEP 707: POLITICAL PARTY MANAGEMENT 2

    MEP 709: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PUBLIC POLICY 2

    MEP 711: CITIZENS AND POLITICAL CHANGE 2

    SEMESTER II CREDIT

    MEP 702: ELECTORAL LEGAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS 2

    MEP 704: POLITICAL PARTIES: CAMPAIGNS AND FINANCES 2

    MEP 706: ELECTORAL PLANNING AND BUDGETING 2

    MEP 708: TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTIONS 2

    GEC 710: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARLIAMENTARY POLITICS 2

    MEP 712: GENDER, ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS 2

    PLS 720: RESEARCH PROJECT 4

 

GLC 700: NIGERIA ECONOMY, STATE AND SOCIETY

Historical background; nation building: federalism and mass politics (political participation and voting, political parties, the news media); the economy: evolution, structure and management; governing institution: the Legislature, the Executive, and Judicial system; foreign policy and defence; the society: social structure and culture; state and civil society; contemporary economic, social and political problems of Nigeria.

MEP 701: HISTORY OF ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS IN NIGERIA

This course aims to provide to the students an overview and trends of the history of elections and party politics in Nigeria from the colonial period to date. More specifically, the course seeks to address the following:

  1. History of party formation in Nigeria, particularly from 1922
  2. The emergence of regional/ethnic parties in the movement towards independence
  3. Party politics and elections leading to the breakdown of the First Republic
  4. Elections and party politics in the First Republic
  5. Elections and party politics in the Second Republic
  6. Elections and party politics in the Fourth Republic 
  7. Contemporary nature of elections and politics in Nigeria

MEP 702: ELECTORAL LEGAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS

This introduces students to a range of regulatory frameworks in new democracies with Nigeria in focus. Specifically, it addresses the following:

  1. Constitutional and legal frameworks - comparative perspectives and best practices (African experiences)
  2. Electoral laws
  3. EMB guidelines and regulations
  4. Electoral justice and dispute resolution Constitutions and guidelines of political parties

MEP 703: MODELS OF ELECTION MANAGEMENT BODIES (EMB)

The course will expose students to the different models of election management bodies across democracies to help them understand the impact and implication of the different models on democratic elections and politics. Specifically, the course will increase understanding of:

  1. the variation in institutional design of EMBs worldwide, particularly focusing on capacity, personnel, network structure and autonomy;
  2. the effects of EMB institutional design for EMB performance;
  3. the impact of EMB institutional design for election integrity, credibility and legitimacy, as well as citizens' and pelital actors' perceptions of elections: and 
  4. Best practices to improve EMB performance.

MEP 704: POLITICAL PARTIES: CAMPAIGNS AND FINANCES

The course aims at exposing students to the complex issues and challenges around party funding and campaign financing in general. Specific issues to be addressed include

  1. Money and politics
  2. The legal and regulatory framework of political finance
  3. Spending limits for candidates and parties
  4. Political parties and finance reporting
  5. Problems in African political finance
  6. Best practices and comparative perspectives Party & Election Finances Regulations and Enforcement

MEP 705: ELECTIONS MANAGEMENT

This course is designed to offer students practical knowledge and hands-on experience on managing elections. The course will involve scenario building around the following issues:

  1. introduction to electoral administration
  2. strategic planning for electoral management
  3. electoral governance and party leadership
  4. team building and management
  5. Legal framework and reform; boundary delimitation; electoral cycle; electoral system; electoral dispute resolution; operational planning; voter registration; election field operations, project managing the logistics of elections, results management, electoral costs and finances; electoral contestants; disabilities and elections; gender equality and elections; media and elections; working effectively with electoral observation missions, and electoral education and information
  6. stakeholder engagement
  7. decision making under difficult and stressful situations.

MEP 706: ELECTORAL PLANNING AND BUDGETING

The course is designed to improve knowledge of students around issues of planning and budgeting in the electoral process. Specifically, the course will address the following:

  1. Fundamentals of planning
  2. Fundamentals of budgeting
  3. Planning and budgeting in the context of elections
  4. Models of planning and budgeting
  5. Planning and budgeting in the context of electoral cycles
  6. Sustainability of budgeting and planning processes
  7. Costing elections and financial prudence Monitoring and enforcement agencies

MEP 707: POLITICAL PARTY MANAGEMENT

This course is designed to offer students. practical knowledge and hands-on experience on political party management. The course will involve scenario building around the following issues:

  1. General Characteristics of Political Parties
  2. Political Parties' Organisational Structure
  3. Campaign strategies and support mobilization
  4. Recruiting and organising membership
  5. Intraparty Democracy and Decision- making
  6. Internal Party Democracy and Discipline
  7. Democratic Political Party Administration: Managing the Day-to-Day Work of a Political Party
  8. Building and Developing Party Platform
  9. African Case studies - Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa
  10. Knowledge management production and research
  11. Exercises and workshops

MEP 708: TECHNOLOGY AND ELECTIONS

The course will expose students to the role of information and communications technologies (ICT) in the electoral process and in building credibility and integrity in conducting democratic elections. The issues to be discussed include the following:

  1. Overview of Elections and Technology
  2. Ranges and uses of technology: biometric registration, biometric verification, electronic collation and transmission of results, election management systems, electronic voting and internet voting
  3. Technologies that are currently being used for electoral processes and their effectiveness
  4. Guidelines for the evaluation, choice and implementation of new technologies
  5. Examples of best practices in the use of technology as well as examples where technology has not lived up to expectations
  6. Emerging technologies in Electoral Process

MEP 709: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PUBLIC POLICY

This course focuses on the role of political parties as policy platforms beyond the routine function of political recruitment and elections. The course content will include the following:

  1. The policy making process
  2. Political party manifestos and programmes
  3. Issues-based elections and campaigns
  4. Political parties and legislative caucuses
  5. Intra/inter party dialogue and consensus building
  6. Legislative and executive interface

MEP 710: POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARLIAMENTARY POLITICS

This course is designed to deepen students' knowledge and understanding of the diverse roles that political parties play in parliamentary politics and representative democracy. Issues to address will include:

  1. Role of political parties in parliamentary and presidential democracies
  2. Party leadership and parliamentary governance
  3. Role of parties in shaping public policy
  4. Party Discipline and Parliamentary Government
  5. Role of parliamentary caucuses
  6. Dialogue and consensus building Role of opposition parties in parliament

MEP 711: CITIZEN AGENCY AND POLITICAL CHANGE

The course is designed to acquaint students with the role of citizens and their organisations in enhancing the credibility of the electoral process.

  1. Citizen-demand and electoral reform
  2. Voter education
  3. Conflict resolution and peace-building
  4. Election observation
  5. Stakeholder engagement
  6. Collation of Results and Mandate protection

MEP 712: GENDER, ELECTIONS AND PARTY POLITICS

This course provides an overview of some key topics in party politics and gender. Specifically, the following will be addressed:

  1. History of feminism, feminist political thought and 'masculinism'
  2. Gendering politics
  3. Gender and political behaviour
  4. Women's representation in elected office: does it matter?
  5. Quotas, positive discrimination and positive action
  6. Gender policy machinery and 'mainstreaming'
  7. Gendered states and the gendered international
  8. Gender in Political conflict
  9. Gender and human rights
  10. Gender and development

GLC 701: RESEARCH METHODS AND REPORT WRITING

The course provides a strong foundation in the basics of designing social and political research, as well as more extensive training in at least two techniques for collecting and analysing data. Students will additionally have the opportunity to apply these technical skills in substantive coursework and in a hands-on research setting.

PLS 720: Research Project

A student shall carry out research in any area of specialization in his/her discipline and submit an acceptable dissertation of 6 credit units.

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