Edo State Director, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mrs Magdaline Umunnah, said the agency is ready to partner with civil society and other groups to carry out massive voter education ahead of the September 10 governorship polls.
She stated this yesterday in Benin City at a sensitisation programme tagged ‘no contact, no vote’ aimed at educating voters on processes for a hitch-free exercise in the state.
“NOA appreciates the efforts of civil society groups and its decision to carry out this programme and to assure the public that NOA remains committed to continuous voter education and re-orientation.
“We also urge voters as we prepare for the governorship election to shun voters apathy and come out in their numbers to carry out their civic responsibility of electing a new government in the state.”
President, Civil Society Coalition, Comrade Jude Obasanmi, who spoke at the event held at the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, said their vision is to have a state where civil society would play its primary role of driving development.
He said this will be in partnership with private and public sectors and this necessitated the campaign which saw members staging a rally round the city centre before the lecture.
Obasanmi said the essence of the event is to ensure that at least 70 percent of registered voters “participate in the September 10 governorship election with the assurance that they would have access to the government after the exercise.
Guest lecturer at the event, Richard Amayo, said there is need for voters to establish contact with candidates seeking positions, a development that would help hold them accountable when they get to power.
Representatives of the parties participating in the election, including the Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Congress and Labour Party attended the event

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