Ahead of the April 10 Federal Capital Territory (FCT ) Area Councils elections, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called for voter education by political parties to reduce cases of rejected votes.
FCT Director of NOA Richard Torhee made the call in Kuje in FCT at a stakeholders’ forum organised by NOA and INEC to inform residents on the commission’s level of preparedness for the election.
“In the past NOA has played the role of educating political parties members but the level we are now, it is the responsibility of the political parties to educate their members.
“The surest way the incidences of rejected votes can be reduced is to educate party supporters on how to thump print and identify party logos,’’ Torhee said.
He said the menace of godfatherism was one of the major challenges facing Nigeria’s political class and urged political parties to ensure internal democracy before presenting a candidate.
According to him, the internal democracy will give room to electing credible and popular candidates who will deliver dividends of democracy to the people instead of settling godfathers.
In his speech, Dr Stephen Manya, the FCT Resident Electoral Commissioner, said INEC was fully prepared to conduct the FCT area councils election.
He called on residents to come out en-mass to cast their votes, noting that their interests and votes would be protected.
Manya said sensitive election materials would be dispatched to polling units at 12 noon on April 10 to allow for early commencement of voting across the FCT.
The INEC chief therefore, solicited the cooperation of FCT residents to ensure a credible, free and fair election.
“I also use this opportunity to appeal to the good people of the FCT to shun violence in order to ensure free and fair council polls,” Farouk said.
Manya said that INEC would need the assistance of NOA to complete the ongoing mobilisation and sensitisation exercise in the FCT.
Our correspondent reports that INEC will move to Bwari and AMAC to complete its sensitisation tour of the six area councils ahead of the April 10, polls.