In Support of Electoral Reform Process, INEC and Stakeholders Discuss Roles Ahead of 2015 ElectionsMay 20, 2013
Abuja Monday, May 20, 2013 – To advance electoral reforms ahead of the 2015 Elections, the UNDP- Democratic Governance for Development Project (DGD II) in collaboration with INEC, Civil Society, Media and other stakeholders will hold a two-day multi-stakeholders conference with the theme: “Tasks and Responsibilities towards 2015 Elections” from May 21st – 22nd, 2013; at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotels, Abuja from 8:00am daily.
The overall objective of the Forum is to promote inclusive, credible, transparent and, sustainable electoral processes in Nigeria through the facilitation of a platform for stakeholders’ engagement towards 2015. The Forum will discuss key issues relating to the 2015 elections, including: voter education, voter register and voter registration; constituency delimitation; improving the participation of marginalized groups, engagement with political parties and the role of Civil Society and the Media. The Forum will include strategic sessions with key stakeholders including the National Assembly, INEC, political parties and civil society.
Speaking on the conference, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria; Dr. Daouda Toure said “Nigeria has no choice other than to focus on building and nurturing electoral democracy because available evidence suggests that democratic governance is fundamental to realizing critical human development goals, including the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This is because democratic elections are a key avenue to facilitate genuine participation by all citizens in public decision making processes.”
DGD II is a joint donor funded project managed by UNDP in support of deepening democracy in Nigeria. The project is funded with contributions from the European Commission (EC), the UK Department for International Development (DFiD), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The project provides technical and financial support to the Independent National Electoral Commission, civil society organizations, and institutions such as the judiciary, the media, national and state assemblies, and political parties as a means of strengthening accountable and responsive governance institutions, and conso
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