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Civil society engages media, CSOs on election preparation in Yobe

Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn – Engage Citizen Pillar (PERL- ECP) has engaged media and civil society on electoral process preparatory to 2019 general election.

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The Northeast Regional Team Leader. PERL-ECP, Mrs Elizabeth Sara, said the meeting was to help citizens achieve good governance through effective use of the political process.

She said Nigerian democracy could still not stand because of poor understanding of the electoral Process.

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"Through this partnership, it’s expected that the media, CSOs and all other stakeholders would identify the key political issues and educate electorates ahead of the 2019 general election", she said.

She noted that early sensitization campaign on electoral process is the catalyst of political errors recorded by voters in the past.

She warned the media and Civil society organizations against partisan politics so as to earn public trust and confidence.

""But, it’s your responsibility to help them analyse on the key burning issues and how to change them for a better to achieve good governance.

Also speaking, a media consultant from University of Maiduguri, Dr Ahmed Baidu, said at the end of the meeting, both the media and the CSOs will understand how well they can work together to influence free, fair and credible election in the society.

At the end of the meeting, the forum observed how problem of marginalization of women, youths, and persons with disability has always been next to candidate imposition by political leadership in the state

The CSOs proposed on a plan for advocacy visit on the danger of candidates’ imposition to leaders of political parties, while the media assure political neutrality and effective coverage the electoral process.

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