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Political parties urged to embrace ADR

Executives of Political Parties have been urged to adopt the Alternative Dispute Resolution ADR as mechanism for resolving intra and inter Party differences

The Director General, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS Mr Jonathan Juma made the call at a training workshop organised by Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Center of NIPSS for Executives of political Parties in Abuja

The Political Parties and Policy Development Center is an organ of NIPSS, established in 2013 with a view to strengthening political parties for qualitative democratic engagement in the country.

The Director General of NIPSS , Mr Jonathan Juma said the cardinal problem of political parties was rampant abuse and disregard of party rules and procedures.

Mr Juma urged the political parties to always embrace dialogue through Alternative Dispute Resolution as the best option to court litigation which was cost effective.

Director General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution Abuja, Prof. Oshita Oshita said conflict can be resolved if parties play by the rules and respect each other, called on the participants to peace builders in their approach mechanism.

The National Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC , Muhammad Nalado said it was necessary for all political parties to embrace the Alternative Dispute Resolution to reduce the number of litigations in the 2019 general election.

The Director of Research and Chief Operating officer, Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Center, PPLPDC, Prof. Habu Galadima identified negotiation, mediation, reconciliation, collaboration and arbitration as spectrum of Alternative Dispute Resolution that can deepen democracy in the country.

Dr. Plangsat Dayil of the University of Jos, who spoke on the Basic Process, Techniques and Mechanism of Conciliation and Negation said for political parties to flourish, they must put aside their differences, sit at a round table to resolve their disputes.

Yosi Ardel

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