In a bid to ensure that there is free, fair and credible 2019 elections in Imo State and Nigeria at large, the Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has in collaboration with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Imo State embarked on door to door election sensitization and voter education campaign.

Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) as part of its civic responsibility and contribution towards a peaceful election embarked on door to door sensitization and voter education to Nkwerre, Nwangele, Ohaji/Egbema and Ehime Mbano local government areas of Imo State. The essence of the campaign was to educate voters on how to cast their votes without wasting the ballot paper, especially that it intends to reduce the incidence of void/invalid votes, buying and selling of votes.

Speaking during the sensitization, the Communication/Mobilization Officer of Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR), Chigozie Uzosike urged voters to stay away from violence, thuggery and being used to perpetrate violence during and after the election. He posited that citizens should go out on the voting days and vote wisely for candidates of their choice, adding that their votes will count if they vote appropriately without wasting their votes by way of thumb printing on the logo of the party, across the line, ticking with biro, voting twice on the ballot paper or writing on the paper, among others.

In her submission, the Program Officer of CCIDESOR, Anita Udeh urged the youths to stay from away crime and do not allow anybody to coax them to vote for anybody who is not their choice. She hinted that the voters should be familiar with the logo of the party they want to vote for.

Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) in its innovative way of doing things went to the schools, markets, churches, viewing/game centers, etc for the door to door sensitization/voter education. However, CCIDESOR urges citizens to come out in their numbers to cast their votes, stressing that it is an offence to sell and allow ones votes to be bought.

As the 2019 General Elections draw near, the Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has called on politicians to make realistic and achievable campaign promises.

Speaking to Newsmen in Owerri, capital of Imo State, the Executive Director of CCIDESOR, Obidi Mgbemena harped on the need to document campaign promises as it is a barometer to hold elected officers accountable. He berated the docility of the electorate who go to bed after the elections without following up with what the politicians promised when they were seeking for votes.

Mgbemena noted that campaign promises not consciously kept by elected representatives and citizens make it difficult for the campaign promises to be met, adding that campaign promises are not suppose to start and end with election, it is used to gauge the performance of elected representatives, relate with them to ensure they are kept and/or reviewed.

Mgbemena revealed that CCIDESOR with support from National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is documenting the campaign promises of candidates across party line in the five states of southeast Nigeria, while urging candidates to think about what they are promising as those will be used to hold them accountable at the long run. He noted that the documentation cuts across campaign promises written on billboards, posters, newspapers, social media, those on the Radio and Television and at various rallies.

‘The documentation of election promises help to ascertain level of sincerity of the representative, especially that it enables the electorate keep track of their expectation from the representative. Once election promises are documented, it tests if the representative has gained political capital over the years of the representation, especially when one does what one promises’, he submitted.

Hear the Executive Director, “Since it lies within the province of one to forget given the motley of events besetting one, the documentation of the election promises will remind the elected leaders to cross-check what their promises to the citizens are and how much they have fulfilled them. The representative gains from the repository/catalogue of the election promises documentation”.

Mgbemena posited that CCIDESOR has been doing a lot towards ensuring that good governance, transparency, citizens’ participation and inclusiveness have their root in the Southeast zone of Nigeria. He noted that there is no harm in making realistic, tenable and sincere campaign promises.