A non-governmental organisation, YIAGA Africa, Wednesday solicited support from journalists in sensitising and enlightening the public on the need for a violence-free election in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.
Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of Programs, Yiaga Africa who made the call at a media roundtable discussion with journalists in Benin City, said media partnership will provide accurate information to the citizens in a bid to achieve credible election in the state.
Mbamalu disclosed that the election observer group will use Watching The Vote (WTV) observation methodology to promote electoral policies, credible elections and civic participation.
“We can not afford to let the people’s vote be undermined. We need media partnership and we want to ensure that citizens are leading conversation and engaging the candidate.
“Our objective is to ensure that citizens come out to vote without fear of violence attack. Our findings in the 2019 general elections revealed that only 27 percent of the total number of registered voters came out to vote,”