- Vote-buying may be reduced during Ondo state governorship election according to CDD
- According to the organisation, campaigns by politicians are issue-based
- As a result of this, electorates will vote based on demand for good governance
In what many will term as good news, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) says vote-buying may be reduced during the Ondo governorship election.
The organisation says this is based on the quality of campaigns embarked upon by political parties.
CDD said political campaigns have focused on issues relevant to ensuring development for the state, adding that as a result of this, voting will reflect the demand for good governance.
According to Idayat Hassan, director of CDD, trends discovered through the organisation’s dedicated Election Analysis Centre (EAC) will determine the credibility of the election.
The statement read:
“The centre observed that although the threat of misinformation and disinformation remains potent, especially in the final stretch of the campaign, its observation of the pre-election environment indicated that citizens in Ondo state have largely shown a strong resolve to take political actors, to task on key programmes and policies.
“An example of the resolve of citizens to demand answers to the key governance issues they face would be seen in the debates on school fees and the maternal health policy of the government. On the issue of increment in school fees for students in the state-owned higher institution, CDD observers report that many youths are airing their views on social media platforms like Whatsapp.
“From the way they are discussing how the policies have rubbed off on them, it is apparent that they were mobilised to engage the matter as an election issue, which should determine which direction voting should go. The impact of these debates has been in turn affecting policies, with reversals of initial positions by the government.
“Another instance of the prevalence of governance issues in the election is the debate on the status of the free maternal healthcare programme (Abiye), which was introduced by the administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko. Citizens have been using the conversation around the election as an entry point to interrogate the incumbent on his administration’s handling of the free maternal care programme (Abiye) introduced by his predecessor."
Legit.ng had reported that ahead of the Ondo state governorship election, political actors in the sunshine state continue to renew their strategies to be victorious on Saturday, October 10.
The alleged plan to form an alliance between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has been ruled out.
According to both political parties, the much talked about alliance has been described as mere rumour.
It was gathered that the rumoured alliance may not work between the two opposition parties for the highly anticipated governorship election.
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