By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
Human Right and Conflict Resolution Center (HRCRC), Abakaliki, has suggested the idea of carrying out continuous voter education for proper preparation of the electorate ahead of next elections in 2023.
The Acting Director of the center, Mr. George Etamesor made this known on Wednesday 22nd May, 2019 while engaging stakeholders of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other organizations on post election and continuous voter Education.
He disclosed that the center would also organize more training for the organizations on conflict management and resolution so that the grassroots would be sensitized on the need to avoid violence in the society.
He said, “This training will enable CSOs to go grassroots in transforming and managing conflicts rather than using stick method of controlling conflicts.”
“Our expectation is to incorporate into their activities the continuous voter education till the next elections and their efforts in making peace happen in the state.”
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operation Union and Resource person, Tony Olofu said that in every democratic system, it is always necessary for all voters to understand their roles and contributions towards the growth of democracy.
“Voter education is the key in the entire democratic process, as a system and country, we need to have different approaches to issues” he said
He advised the general public that it would be important to embrace the exercise as it enthrones good governance, if followed diligently and would as well reduce criminality.
He appealed for collective efforts towards tackling those factors that militate against a peaceful process through sensitizing people on the things that need to be done rather than mere paper work.
DCP Tony also added that to guarantee a peaceful election process, good value system must be possessed and demonstrated as to avoid regular abuse of choosing leaders.
Head of Department, Voter Education INEC in the state and Resource person, Barrister George Edeani said that voter Education remains indispensible in maintaining free and fair elections in the country, stating that it would encourage women participation in politics and ensures credible elections.
“The enlightenment will reduce voter apathy, electoral violence and expose electorate on their fundamental rights.”