NOA adopts multidimensional approach to strengthen electoral participation in Abia
Briefing the press in the NOA Secretariat, Umuahia during the zonal constituency training of youth and women of Abia Central senatorial district on voter registration, the State Director, Dame Ngozi Okechukwu, Ph.D observed that if the electorate does not participate effectively in the electoral process, the legitimacy and representativeness of elected leaders and institutions would be questioned, hence the need for all relevant stakeholders to join hands to achieve sustainable voter education in Abia State and Nigeria.
“Experience has shown that embarking on Voter education in the wake of any election does not always yield the desired result. Rather than equip the electorate, especially the uneducated population, to vote rightly, this fire brigade approach leaves them confused and unable to grasp the content of the campaign message within a limited time.
“It is in cognizance of this that NOA Abia State started early with the first phase of the sensitization and is now on the second phase to fully engage the electorate on critical issues and prepare them for the forthcoming 2023 general election. I will emphasis that continuous voter education is expedient for credible elections. NOA is committed to ensuring free, fair, credible and peaceful elections”, Dame Okechukwu assured.
She believed that the second strategy – the Mobile Messaging Campaigns (which will involve the use of motorized vans in areas of mass gatherings) which was officially flagged off by the Director General of Abia State Orientation Agency, Chief Godwin Adindu would be effective in disseminating IEC materials and making announcements in Local languages.
The Abia NOA boss who urged residents to collect their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs and vote for a person of their choice as their vote remains their power, reiterated the preparedness of the Agency to partner with relevant stakeholders in faith-based organizations, traditional institutions, opinion moulders and Community leaders among others to promote an electoral process that will produce authentic, exemplary leaders who can ensure the transformation and sovereignty of Nigeria if elected.
In their respective speeches, the State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, Barr. Uche Nwokocha; the representatives of Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Commission; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Commission; and the INEC, Mr. Okere Kelechi, who is also in charge of Voter education appreciated the efforts of NOA geared towards improving the political consciousness of the electorate.
Flagging off the exercise earlier, the Director General of Abia State Orientation Agency, Chief Godwin Adindu lauded the vision of NOA, pointing out that using a multidimensional approach would have a great impact on the populace as it will assist to strengthen the electoral participation in the state.
According to him, the new electoral law has changed the paradigm and the people needs to be sensitized to know what to do.
The NOA staff in the six Local Government Areas in the Abia Central senatorial zone led their Chief Orientation and Mobilization Officers, COMOs were sighted creating awareness even in hard-to-reach areas, shortly after the flag off and road show across the streets in Umuahia.