June 28, 2020
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Yiaga Africa and other stakeholders have sought the amendment of the Electoral Legal Framework to improve the quality of public leadership and governance at all levels.

In order to achieve that, Yiaga Africa and its partners are hosting a live TV and virtual town-hall to promote a national conversation on electoral reforms as the nation prepares for the 2023 general elections.

The town hall is an opportunity for critical stakeholders to build consensus on electoral reform priorities with speakers drawn from INEC, National Assembly, Political Parties, Security Agencies, Civil Society, Citizens, Academia and the entertainment industry.

The townhall which is hosted by Yiaga Africa and its partners with support from the European Union will be broadcast live on Channels Television (DSTV channel 254 and GOTV channel 95) and Radio Nigeria network service on June 30, 2020 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Executive Director, Yiaga Africa, Itodo Samson said to further ensure public participation, the citizens’ townhall will be livestreamed on Channels TV and Yiaga Africa’s pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter via #FixElectionsNG. Citizens can send their questions and comments before or during the townhall to Yiaga Africa via SMS or WhatsApp to 09038007744 or email – watchingthevote@yiaga.org.

According to him, “As Nigeria continues its efforts to entrench democracy, the threats to democratic consolidation have become more insidious resulting in a sharp decline in electoral integrity. Since the 2019 general elections, every off-cycle election conducted by the electoral commission reinforces the fragility of Nigeria’s political system and the imperative of electoral reforms. These reforms if undertaken will improve the quality of public leadership and governance at all levels and also increase public trust in democracy and democratic institutions.

“This is why Yiaga Africa and its partners believe any meaningful reform should address five key agenda namely; strengthen democratic institutions like INEC, political parties, judiciary; guarantee electoral justice; reform political behavior and practice; sanitize the candidates’ nomination process and lastly, protect the integrity of the process.

“The National Assembly began the process of amending the electoral legal framework by introducing bills to amend relevant sections of the Constitution and Electoral Act. In March 2020, the electoral commission released its electoral reform agenda containing over 30 proposed amendments to the 2010 Electoral Act,” he said.

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