Mr Idris Miliki, Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), has called for joint action between electoral stakeholders to address issues of fraud and corruption during elections.
Miliki made the call at a one-day “Review Meeting for Media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Elections”, on Friday in Lokoja.
He said that joint actions and activities between security agencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), political actors and the Media in checking corrupt tendencies in pre-election and during elections would go a long way in helping to conduct acceptable elections.
He also called for intensive voter and civic education using strategic Communication to enlighten and sensitise the electorate, especially at grassroots level.
Miliki also called for early warning risk assessment and response to be developed for flashpoints or trigger zones.
He said he had identified nine local government areas as flash points that might pose challenges to the smooth conduct of the Nov. 16 governorship election in the state.
He identified the local government areas as Dekina, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Bassa, Adavi, Okehi, Kabba/Bunu, Ijumu and Lokoja.
The activist urged security agencies to be proactive and address early warning signals taking strategic steps in making adequate provisions to contain possible outbreak of violence before, during and after the election.
He also revealed that Ofu, Ajaokuta, Lokoja, Kogi, Ibaji and Idah local government areas were prone to flood which could hinder smooth conduct of the election, urging INEC take proactive measures.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was organised in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’adua Foundation and supported by MacArthur Foundation. (NAN)
Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf
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