NEPAD to take peaceful election campaign to grassroots
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.