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  2023 U S institute CSOs proffer action plan for peaceful credible electoral system 2023 U S institute CSOs proffer action plan for peaceful credible electoral system Elections By Angela Atabo Abuja Oct 6 2023The United State Institute of Peace USIP and Civil Society Organisations CSOs have recommended viable solutions that should be adopted by Nigeria to strengthen and guarantee peaceful and credible elections in 2023 Some of the general consensus suggestions by the stakeholders included strict adherence to Electoral Act civic education eschewing of violent CSOs engagement with inter agency security council engagement with the judicial need for greater collaboration and synergy among CSOs among others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the recommendations followed successful deliberations by CSOs at a meeting tagged Nigeria s 2023 Elections and the Imperative of Evolving Strategies towards Peaceful and Credible Elections organised by USIP Amb Zango Abdu Country Manager USIP Nigeria said the roundtable was part of USIP s sensitisation programme around elections knowing fully well that it is crucial to the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria USIP is trying to bring civil society opinion leaders credible voices to speak about the necessity to do these elections under an atmosphere of peace and harmony As you re aware the new Electoral Act has been signed and promulgated and it has ushered in new values and reforms in the way we conduct elections This is incremental in the sense that technology is being brought to bear in the conduct of elections and people are being sensitised to take advantage of this I am confident that there will be credible elections if the Electoral Act is adhered to and if all actors eschew violence and if we conduct the elections under an atmosphere of peace Also speaking Dr Usman Bugaje Nigerian Working Group on Peacebuilding and Governance NWG said the 2023 elections would be the seventh in the series of elections since 1999 Bugaje said so far the 2023 elections seemed to be the most problematic and perhaps the most dangerous He said it therefore behoves on Nigeria to find strategies in terms of making politicians to commit to signing the National Peace accord to commit to good behaviour to stem violence He called for the need to address poverty injustice in the society engage in citizens in civic education and begin to pay attention to the sources of electoral irregularities in order to have peaceful and credible elections in 2023 He said that there was also need to stop corrupt politicians who loot national treasury from continuing to rule for a better nation The only thing necessary for the success of evil says Edmund Burke is for good men and women to do nothing It is our failure to address the suffocating injustice in this country that is unwittingly inviting all manners of violent groups to come forward Dante Alighieri said the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality Bugaje said the ball is in the courts of CSOs the academics professionals public spirited politicians with conscience youths and women whose future is at stake to do something Ms Idayat Hassan Director Centre for Democracy and Development CDD said the 2023 elections was crucial to Nigeria s democracy because it would usher in 24 years of unbroken democracy Hassan said although the nation was bedevilled with some challenges it was however not particular to Nigeria There are several issues to look at to be able to get peaceful election the growing trend of insecurity that plaques all the Six geopolitical zones is worrisome The issue of prevailing insecurity is a very important one it is within this insecurity the electoral management will have to conduct the elections The second important issue is that electoral violence has at no occasion been abated the SWOT analysis CDD released recently revealed a snapshot of incidences between January to July 29 It recorded 126 incidences of political violence which was very high in the month of May and June that were the party primaries months Hassan said the primaries were dominated with more ethnic and religious concentration thus there was need to change the narrative by making politicians focus on issue based campaigns rather than cause division She also called for the need to pay attention to tackling misinformation and disinformation for a peaceful elections Another speaker Mr Ahmed Jumare Programme Manager NEEM Foundation said his work around security has showed that the entire country was engulfed in conflict Now in the Northeast Northwest we have terrorism and banditry Southwest Southeast have succession movements North Central is facing farmers and herders clashes in the south south we are seeing militancy among others We are all in this as one entity the government can definitely not do it alone as the elections draw near we are also seeing increasing in divisive statements A lot of politicians are agents of fake news and disinformation once you Google Nigerian elections all you see is Muslim Muslim ticket and this particular Islamic or Christian community has supported this group Jumare said the media needed to be engaged actively to understand some of the rhetorics ahead of the elections and work to change the narrative He said beyond that there was also need to engage the gatekeepers of the society the religious and traditional leaders proactively for peaceful and credible elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
2023: U.S. institute, CSOs proffer action plan  for peaceful, credible electoral system

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S, institute, CSOs proffer action plan  for peaceful, credible electoral system
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By Angela Atabo

United State Institute of Peace

Abuja, Oct.6,2023The United State Institute of Peace (USIP) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have recommended viable solutions that should be adopted by Nigeria to strengthen and  guarantee peaceful and credible elections in 2023.

Electoral Act

Some of the general consensus suggestions  by the stakeholders included:  strict adherence to Electoral Act, civic education, eschewing of violent, CSOs engagement with inter agency security council, engagement with the  judicial ,need for greater collaboration and  synergy among CSOs  among others.

News Agency of Nigeria

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the recommendations followed successful deliberations by CSOs at  a meeting tagged: “Nigeria’s 2023 Elections and the Imperative of Evolving Strategies towards Peaceful and Credible Elections’’ organised by USIP.

Zango Abdu

Amb. Zango Abdu, Country Manager USIP, Nigeria, said the roundtable was part of USIP’s sensitisation programme around elections knowing fully well that it is crucial to the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

“ USIP is trying to bring civil society, opinion leaders, credible voices to speak about the necessity to do these elections under an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

Electoral Act

“As you’re aware, the new Electoral Act has been signed and promulgated, and it has ushered in new values and reforms in the way we conduct elections.

“This is incremental in the sense that technology is being brought to bear in the conduct of elections and people are being sensitised to take advantage of this.

Electoral Act

“I am confident that there will be credible elections if the Electoral Act is adhered to, and if all actors eschew violence and  if we conduct the elections under an atmosphere of peace.

Nigerian Working

Also speaking, Dr Usman  Bugaje ,Nigerian Working Group on Peacebuilding and Governance (NWG) said the 2023 elections would be  the seventh in the series of elections since 1999.
Bugaje said so far, the 2023 elections seemed to be the most  problematic and perhaps the most dangerous.

National Peace

He said it therefore behoves on Nigeria to find strategies in terms of making politicians to commit to signing the National Peace accord to commit to good behaviour to  stem violence.

He called for the need  to address poverty , injustice in the society ,engage in citizens in civic education and begin to pay attention to the sources of electoral irregularities in order to have peaceful and credible elections in 2023 .

He said that there was also need to  stop corrupt politicians who loot national treasury from  continuing to rule for a better nation.

Edmund Burke

“The only thing necessary for the success of evil” says Edmund Burke, “is for good men and women to do nothing.

“It is our failure to address the suffocating injustice in this country that is unwittingly inviting all manners of violent groups to come forward.

Dante Alighieri

“Dante Alighieri said, “the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

’’
Bugaje said the ball is in the  courts of CSOs ,the academics, professionals, public spirited, politicians with conscience, youths and women whose future is at stake  to do something .

Idayat Hassan

Ms Idayat Hassan ,Director ,Centre for Democracy and Development(CDD) said the 2023 elections was crucial to Nigeria’s democracy because it would usher in  24 years of unbroken democracy.

Hassan said although the nation was bedevilled with some challenges, it was however not particular to Nigeria.

“There are several issues to look at to be able to get peaceful election ,the  growing trend of insecurity that plaques all the Six geopolitical zones is worrisome.

“The issue of prevailing insecurity is a very important one it is within this insecurity the electoral management will have to conduct the elections.

“The second important issue is that electoral violence has at no occasion been  abated ,the SWOT analysis CDD released recently revealed a snapshot of  incidences between January to July 29.

May and June

“It recorded 126  incidences of political violence which was very high in the  month of May and June that were the party primaries’ months.

’’
 Hassan said  the primaries  were dominated with more ethnic and religious concentration thus , there was need to change the narrative by making politicians focus on issue-based campaigns rather than cause division .

She also called for the need to pay attention to tackling misinformation and disinformation for a peaceful elections.

Ahmed Jumare

Another speaker, Mr Ahmed Jumare ,Programme Manager ,NEEM Foundation said his work around security has showed that the entire country was engulfed in conflict.

North Central

“Now in the Northeast, Northwest, we have terrorism and  banditry ,Southwest, Southeast have succession movements ,North Central is facing  farmers and herders  clashes, in the south south, we are  seeing militancy among others.

“We are all in this as one entity, the government can definitely not do it alone ,as the elections draw near ,we are also  seeing increasing in divisive statements.

Google Nigerian

“A lot of politicians are agents of fake news and disinformation, once you Google Nigerian elections, all you see is Muslim  Muslim ticket and this particular Islamic or  Christian community has supported this group .

’’
Jumare  said the  media needed  to be engaged actively to understand some of the rhetorics ahead of the elections and work to change the narrative.

He said beyond that, there was also need to engage the gatekeepers of the society ,the religious and traditional leaders proactively  for peaceful and credible elections.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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