14 April 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The National Secretary of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Chief Peter Ameh says voter education is key to development of the Electoral system.
Chief Ameh stated this while featuring on “Politics Today” a Kapital FM Current Affairs Programme in Abuja.
Speaking on the topic “Preparations of Political Parties ahead of the 2023 elections” Ameh who explained that the role of voter education in any electoral process cannot be underestimated added that it is very crucial that voter education commences on time for the election to be successful.
Voters’ education is very essential in any democratic system as proper orientation of the electorate on the essence of casting votes and involvement in the democratic system of our country, will not only bring about high level of motivation, but would also make them have confidence in the Government.
The CUPP National Secretary added that early voter education would enable the electorates elect credible people who will deliver the dividends of democracy and entrench good governance.
“Since the attainment of independence, electoral fraud has remained a knotty issue, the first three attempts at democratic experiments were truncated on account of electoral fraud and poor election management. Also, the 1999 general election that heralded the current democratic dispensation were reportedly characterized by monumental electoral malpractices, and irregularities” Ameh added
Chief Ameh stated that since the enthronement of the current democratic order, there has not been enough emphasis on educating the electorate on voters’ education.
Almost all the elections in this country, have been characterized by huge electoral violence, intimidation, manipulation of electoral commission and security agencies, election rigging, multiple voting, hijacking of ballot boxes, vote buying, accusation and counter accusation.
Chief Ameh also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure the speedy passage of the electoral reform act before the 2023 General election for free, fair and credible elections.
A caller on the programme from Maitama, Abuja Mr. Emmanuel inyang urged political parties to carry out adequate sensitization on their followers before the commencement of the elections.