ActionAid launches citizens project to influence politicians accountability

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In order to get Nigeria more engaged into the electoral process towards the 2015 elections, Action Aid on Tuesday launched a project tagged, Strengthening Citizens Engagement in the Electoral Process, SCEEP.

The project, funded by the UK Department for International Development, DFID, is in collaboration with BBC Media Action.

According to the country director of Action Aid, Oseni Abdu, in addition to the traditional voters education, the project would Introduce a “citizens charter” – a set of agreements between the electorate and the politicians they are voting for.

The project aims to promote issues-based politics, where the electorate can hold the politicians accountable for promises they made during their campaigns.

It would also support citizens, especially women, the youth and people living with disabilities to patricipate in and influence the electoral process.

According to Action Aid, the project would be executed over four years in 10 states at a cost of N1.13 billion.

Mr. Abdu explained that the states were chosen based on their election history.

They include Adamawa, Imo, Oyo, Bauch, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and Rivers.

The spokesperson for DFID at the event, Katherine Weiss said the project would play an important role for 2015 and beyond and was part of a broader approach to support elections in Nigeria.

The BBC Media Action will media component of the project through its partner radio stations across Nigeria and especially in the 10 states.

Other partner organisations include the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the National Orientation Agency, NOA.

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