POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ELECTION AND PARTY MANAGEMENT

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Programme Philosophy

The PGD in Election and Party Managementis 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.

Objective of the Programme

The course seeks to provide students with:
I. In-depth knowledge and understanding of elections and party management
II. Hands-on skills and experience on elections and party management
III. Tools and methodologies for research in elections and party management

Courses Details
First Year

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 and social, and political problems of Nigeria.

Provid~s 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.

This course aims at hopes 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: i. History of party formation in Nigeria, particularly from 1922
ii. The emergence of regional/ethnic parties in the movement towards independence
iii. Party politics and elections leading to the breakdown of the First Republic
iv. Elections and party politics in the First Republic
v. Elections and party politics in the Second Republic
vi. Elections and party politics in the Fourth Republic
vii. Contemporary nature of elections and politics in Nigeria

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: I. the variation in institutional design of EMBs worldwide, particularly focusing on capacity, personnel, network structure and autonomy;II. the consequences of EMB institutional q.esign for EMB performance;
Ill. the impact of EMB institutional design for election integrity, credibility and legitimacy, as well as citizens' and political actors' perceptions of elections; and
IV. Best practices to improve EMB performance.

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: I. introduction to electoral administration II. strategic planning for electoral management Ill. electoral governance and party leadership IV. team building and management V. 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 VI. stakeholder engagement VII. decisions making under difficult and stressfu I situations VIII. MEP 707: POLITICAL PARTY MANAGEMENT IX. 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: X. General Characteristics of Political Parties XI. Political Parties' Organisational Structure XII. Campaign strategies and support mobilization XIII. Recruiting and organising membership XIV. lntraparty Democracy and Decisionmaking XV. Internal Party Democracy and Discipline XVI. Democratic Political Party Administration: Managing the Daily Work of a Political Party XVII. Building and Developing Party Platform XVIII. African Case studies - Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa XIX. Knowledge management production and research XX. Exercises and workshops

the role of citizens and their organisations in enhancing the credibility of the electoral process. i. Citizen-demand electoral reform and parallel voter tabulation ii. Voter education iii. Conflict resolution and peace-building iv. Election observation v. Stakeholder engagement vi. Mandate protection

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 I. Money and politics II. The legal and regulatory framework of political finance Ill. Spending limits for candidates and parties IV. Political parties and finance reporting V. Problems in African political finance VI. Best practices and comparative perspectives VII. Enforcement of political finance regulations

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: I. Fundamentals of planning II. Fundamentals of budgeting Ill. Planning and budgeting in the context of elections IV. Models of planning and budgeting V. Planning and budgeting in the context of electoral cycle VI. Sustainability of budgeting and planning processes VII. Costing elections and governance VIII. Monitoring and enforcement agencies

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: I. Overview of Elections and Technology II. Ranges and uses of technology: biometric registration, biometric verification, electronic collation and transmission of results, election management systems, electronic voting and internet voting Ill. Technologies that are currently being used for electoral processes IV. Guidelines for the evaluation, choice and implementation of new technologies V. Exampl es of best practices in the use of technology as well as examples where technology has not lived up to expectations VI. Some of the emerging technologies and trends to identify those that may apply to elections in the near future

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: i. Role of political pa rties in parliamentary and presidential democracies ii. Party leadership and parliamentary governance iii. Role of parties in shaping public policy iv. Party Discipline and Parliamentary Government v. Role of parliamentary caucuses vi . Dialogue and consensus building vii. Role of opposition parties in parliament

This course provides an overview of some key topics in party politics and gender. Specifically, the following will be considered: I. History of feminism, feminist political thought and 'masculinism' II. Gendering politics Ill. Gender and political behaviour IV. Women's representation in elected office: does it matter? V. Quotas, positive discrimination and positive action VI. Gender policy machinery and 'mainstreaming' VII. Gendered states and the gendered international VIII. Gender and armed conflict IX. Gender and human rights X. Gender and development

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

Second Year

This to introduce students to the range of regulatory frameworks in new democracies and with Nigeria in focus. Specifically, it addresses the following: I. Constitutional and legal frameworks comparative perspectives and best practices (African experiences) II. Electorallaws Ill. EMB guidelines and regulations IV. Electora l justice and dispute resolution V. Constitut ions and guidelines of political parties VI. MEP 709 : POLITICAL PARTIES AND PUBLIC POLICY VII. This course focuses on the role of political parties as policy platforms beyond the routine fu nction of political recruitment and elections. The course content will include the following: VIII. The policy making process IX. Political party manifestos and programmes Page 56 X. Issues-based electioneering and campaigns XI. Political parties and legislative caucuses XII. Intra/inter party dialogue and consensus building XIII. Legislative and executive interface

Elective Courses

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 and social, and political problems of Nigeria.

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.

This course aims at hopes 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: i. History of party formation in Nigeria, particularly from 1922 ii. The emergence of regional/ethnic parties in the movement towards independence iii. Party politics and elections leading to the breakdown of the First Republic iv. Elections and party politics in the First Republic v. Elections and party politics in the Second Republic vi. Elections and party politics in the Fourth Republic vii. Contemporary nature of elections and politics in Nigeria

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: I. the variation in institutional design of EMBs worldwide, particularly focusing on capacity, personnel, network structure and autonomy;II. the consequences of EMB institutional q.esign for EMB performance; Ill. the impact of EMB institutional design for election integrity, credibility and legitimacy, as well as citizens' and political actors' perceptions of elections; and IV. Best practices to improve EMB performance.

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: I. introduction to electoral administration II. strategic planning for electoral management Ill. electoral governance and party leadership IV. team building and management V. 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 VI. stakeholder engagement VII. decisions making under difficult and stressfu I situations VIII. MEP 707: POLITICAL PARTY MANAGEMENT IX. 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: X. General Characteristics of Political Parties XI. Political Parties' Organisational Structure XII. Campaign strategies and support mobilization XIII. Recruiting and organising membership XIV. lntraparty Democracy and Decisionmaking XV. Internal Party Democracy and Discipline XVI. Democratic Political Party Administration: Managing the Daily Work of a Political Party XVII. Building and Developing Party Platform XVIII. African Case studies - Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa XIX. Knowledge management production and research XX. Exercises and workshops

The course is designed to acquaint students with the role of citizens and their organisations in enhancing the credibility of the electoral process. i. Citizen-demand electoral reform and parallel voter tabulation ii. Voter education iii. Conflict resolution and peace-building iv. Election observation v. Stakeholder engagement vi. Mandate protection

This to introduce students to the range of regulatory frameworks in new democracies and with Nigeria in focus. Specifically, it addresses the following: I. Constitutional and legal frameworks comparative perspectives and best practices (African experiences) II. Electorallaws Ill. EMB guidelines and regulations IV. Electora l justice and dispute resolution V. Constitut ions and guidelines of political parties VI. MEP 709 : POLITICAL PARTIES AND PUBLIC POLICY VII. This course focuses on the role of political parties as policy platforms beyond the routine fu nction of political recruitment and elections. The course content will include the following: VIII. The policy making process IX. Political party manifestos and programmes Page 56 X. Issues-based electioneering and campaigns XI. Political parties and legislative caucuses XII. Intra/inter party dialogue and consensus building XIII. Legislative and executive interface

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 I. Money and politics II. The legal and regulatory framework of political finance Ill. Spending limits for candidates and parties IV. Political parties and finance reporting V. Problems in African political finance VI. Best practices and comparative perspectives VII. Enforcement of political finance regulations

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: I. Fundamentals of planning II. Fundamentals of budgeting Ill. Planning and budgeting in the context of elections IV. Models of planning and budgeting V. Planning and budgeting in the context of electoral cycle VI. Sustainability of budgeting and planning processes VII. Costing elections and governance VIII. Monitoring and enforcement agencies

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: I. Overview of Elections and Technology II. Ranges and uses of technology: biometric registration, biometric verification, electronic collation and transmission of results, election management systems, electronic voting and internet voting Ill. Technologies that are currently being used for electoral processes IV. Guidelines for the evaluation, choice and implementation of new technologies V. Exampl es of best practices in the use of technology as well as examples where technology has not lived up to expectations VI. Some of the emerging technologies and trends to identify those that may apply to elections in the near future

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: i. Role of political pa rties in parliamentary and presidential democracies ii. Party leadership and parliamentary governance iii. Role of parties in shaping public policy iv. Party Discipline and Parliamentary Government v. Role of parliamentary caucuses vi . Dialogue and consensus building vii. Role of opposition parties in parliament

This course provides an overview of some key topics in party politics and gender. Specifically, the following will be considered: I. History of feminism, feminist political thought and 'masculinism' II. Gendering politics Ill. Gender and political behaviour IV. Women's representation in elected office: does it matter? V. Quotas, positive discrimination and positive action VI. Gender policy machinery and 'mainstreaming' VII. Gendered states and the gendered international VIII. Gender and armed conflict IX. Gender and human rights X. Gender and development

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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