Balarabe says there is a need for voter education.
The National Chairman, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, Balarabe Musa, on Thursday supported the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s demand for funds to conduct civic and voter education.
Mr. Musa made the assertion in an interview in Abuja.
INEC recently requested for assistance from the European Union, EU, to help the commission achieve voter education ahead of the 2015 general elections.
Mr. Musa said that international donations without attached conditions are okay.
“I am not alarmed by the request for more funds by INEC to conduct voter education. Though I would not consider voter education as an additional work, it is part and parcel of INEC’s duty,” he said.
The CNPP Chairman also said there was need for voter education to enable Nigerian voters know their rights. He said the electoral body needs to be independent to achieve free, fair, and transparent election even beyond 2015.
The Chairman urged political parties to also rise to their social responsibility by providing quality voter education that would ensure success of the forthcoming elections.
“Politicians should take voter education seriously,” he said.
Mr. Musa faulted the competition among politicians, stressing that politicians should be more concerned with voter education.
“Politicians see voters as being poor, thereby using the poverty level of the electorate to undermine the freedom of voting,” he said.
He charged politicians to be more relevant in the nation’s political space by championing party ideologies.
“Let politicians ensure that there is free, fair and credible election in the country,” he suggested.