- Civil society groups have concluded plans to host a Live TV and virtual citizens’ town hall on voting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
- This is the country prepares for the September 19 and October 10 governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states respectively
- The townhall seeks to facilitate public debate on the impact of COVID-19 on elections in Nigeria
Ahead of the September 19 and October 10 governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states respectively, civil society groups will host a Live TV and virtual citizens’ town hall on voting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, June 3.
Legit.ng gathered that the townhall seeks to facilitate public debate on the impact of COVID-19 on elections with a view to harnessing citizens input into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s policy on elections in the context of COVID-19.
The town hall will be hosted by Yiaga Africa and its partners with support from the European Union. The program will broadcast live on national television for Nigerians at home to participate.
“Critically, the town hall will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to build consensus on safeguarding public health and electoral integrity in the forthcoming elections.
“It is expected that the townhall will increase public awareness on new processes and guidelines introduced in the electoral process due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a statement from Yiaga Africa's executive director,” Samson Itodo noted.
He further stated that the live two-hour TV debate will bring together stakeholders including INEC, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), security agencies, civil society organisations, political parties, citizens and the media to discuss the practicalities of conducting elections amidst COVID-19 and the overriding implications of not conducting elections within constitutional time limits.
Meanwhile, as the Edo and Ondo governorship elections approach, INEC has directed participating political parties planning to adopt the direct mode of primary elections to submit their membership register to the commission.
This was the position of the electoral body during a virtual meeting with political party leaders by INEC's national chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu on Monday, June 1.