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Group urges voter education programme, increased women participation in politics


As the 2019 general elections approaches, all the stakeholders involved in the electoral process have been urged to intensify avenues of voter education in the country.

Speaking at the presentation of two electoral manuals, Voter Education and Women in Politics at Full Moon Hotels in Owerri, capital of Imo State yesterday, an official of Actionaid, a Non Governmental body, Halima Oji and a Consultant to the organization, Chibundu Uchegbu, opined that attention to voter education and provision of enabling environment to encourage more women participation would guarantee promotion of accountability and transparency, ensuring that the real leaders emerge during electoral process. Those encouraged to work on voter education programme include the election authorities, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Civil Society, the media and other stakeholders.

Uchegbu, said the manual in ‘Women in Politics’ addressed the issue of inspiration of women to venture into politics, aspiring and contesting political positions. According to him, successes recorded by the Strengthening Citizens Engagement in Electoral Process (SCEEP), which was commenced in 2014, making inroad in six states of Imo, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Plateau, were commendable.


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