NEPAD to take peace­ful elec­tion cam­paign to grass­roots

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The New Part­ner­ship for African Devel­op­ment (NEPAD) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Africa Peer Re­view Mech­a­nism (APRM) has de­signed a strat­egy to sen­si­tise Nige­ri­ans, es­pe­cially those in the grass­roots on peace­ful elec­tions.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of NEPAD, Glo­ria Akobundu, said the strat­egy themed ‘Si­lence the guns by 2020,’ and the na­tional ac­tion plan will be im­ple­mented at the grass­roots across the six geopo­lit­i­cal zones.

She said elec­toral vi­o­lence be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter elec­tions should be curbed through a syn­ergy among stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity agencies, elec­tion man­age­ment body and Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tion (CSOs).

“We are ask­ing the min­istries of ed­u­ca­tion at fed­eral and state lev­els to in­cor­po­rate vi­o­lence free elec­tion stud­ies in the cur­ricu­lum of Africa Union mem­ber states. Our ju­di­ciary should also be strength­ened to pros­e­cute elec­tion of­fend­ers, spe­cial courts should be set up to sup­port the ex­ist­ing struc­tures,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to her NEPAD/APRM has put more strate­gies in place for the mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of gov­ern­ment ef­forts to ensure vi­o­lence free elec­tions.

The NEPAD boss ex­plained fur­ther that post-elec­tion dis­putes should be ad­e­quately man­aged through al­ter­na­tive dis­pute res­o­lu­tion that could en­cour­age con­tes­tants to ac­cept elec­tion re­sults with­out re­sort­ing to lit­i­ga­tion.

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