From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Executive Director of Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), Comrade Idris Miliki has condemned the increasing attacks, destruction, and damage to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) facilities across the country.
Miliki made the condemnation at the one day review meeting with political parties on prioritizing anti-corruption and accountability issues towards the 2023 general elections organised by the CHRCR.
He stressed the need for politicians to effectively engage in the mobilization of citizens for the collection of PVC as they are the primary beneficiary of the electoral process and ensure that women are actively engaged in party activities and leadership positions.
“Internal party democracies should be strengthened by collaboration with Civil Society during primaries and other party activities.”
He noted that political parties and their candidates need to include anti-corruption transparency and accountability in their campaign activities and manifestos, calling on stakeholders to aggressively improve sensitization and mobilization for citizens to collect their PVC before the end of the process as announced by INEC.
Comrade Idris therefore called on Kogi state government to address the outrageous advert fees in the State to ensure a level playing field for all political parties and their candidates and those adverts materials must be protected by the State authorities”
“Political Parties need to establish functional offices and websites to ensure effective communication with their members and the general public,”.