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The Executive Director of Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Comrade Idris Miliki has said that there must be a strategically designed, issue-based campaign in the election to reduce the political influence of money that leads to corruption.
This is contained in the communique issued at the 1-Day civil society organizations (CSOs) partners review and strategy meeting on prioritizing anti-corruption and accountability issues towards 2023 election organized by conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) held in Lokoja. on Tuesday.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi State has not shown commitment to empower citizens and accessibility because all efforts to engage stakeholders have failed despite the important campaign period by political parties and Candidates to the 2023 general election in Kogi state.
He said there have been several reports of eligible people who were supposed to register to vote but were no longer able to because the registration portal was closed.
He stressed that political corruption has serious implications on the quality of Government by throwing people of questionable character to the polls.
He noted that partnership and collaboration between Stakeholders implementing Anti-Corruption and Accountability activities will promote sustainability and ensure the scale and scope of success towards the 2023 elections.
According to him, it is necessary to increase the target groups of voter education that are not traditionally targeted, especially before the elections to ensure adequate awareness of the electoral process.
“A concerted effort must be made to integrate and include Persons with Disabilities who are aware of their peculiarities during elections.
“INEC to increase the enlightenment and mobilization of stakeholders in activities at the State level to encourage the confidence and participation of citizens.
He said eligible citizens are urged to participate in the electoral process by obtaining permanent voter cards, especially now that the INEC process is underway ahead of the 2023 elections.
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