The delegates reached the decision while considering the report of the Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters.
The report of the committee, which was chaired by a former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, also stated that issues relating to the composition and administration of SIECs should be activated through a law of the State House of Assembly.
It added that, “State Houses of Assembly should legislate on the details of the composition and administration of SIECs as well as confirm their members.
“State Houses of Assembly should legislate on the tenure of elected local government officials.”
Delegates, while going through the recommendations and amendments of the committee, argued that the state electoral commissions had become a tool in the hands of state governors.
The conference has also approved a minimum academic qualification of first degree or its equivalent for Presidential, Governorship and National Assembly candidates. It was, however, agreed that the academic qualification for Local Government councilors must be a minimum of Secondary School Certificate.
The conference also accepted a recommendation for the establishment of a Political Parties Regulation and Electoral Offences Commission, adding that youth leaders of political parties should not be more than 35 years.