Key Findings of Reporting Period two
October 2- October 19 2017
The Anambra 2017 Governorship election represents the fifth off-cycle governorship election after the 2015 general elections. The Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) is conducting a comprehensive, long-term pre-election observation of Anambra’s 2017 Governorship election under the Watching the Vote (WTV) project. This report is the second in a series of four (4) to be released by YIAGA in the build-up to the November 18 election. The report highlights observations from the first reporting phase, September 27, 2017 to the end of the second phase October 19, 2017 and offers recommendations on steps for guaranteeing credible and peaceful elections. YIAGA’s goal in collecting this valuable information is to enhance the integrity of the electoral process as well as facilitate evidence-based election planning and programming.
Summary of Findings
- Compared to the first reporting period, there is a moderate level of preparatory activities undertaken by INEC in all 21 local government areas (LGAs) of Anambra.
- There is low visibility of voter education programs or campaigns by three (3) major electoral actors: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Orientation Agency (NOA) and civil society organisations (CSOs).
- Voter education programs and messaging targeted at special interest and marginalised groups (youth, women and people with disabilities (PWDs) is absent.
- Youth and women groups are increasingly engaging the political space through public enlightenment and political campaigns.
- The frequency of political party campaigns has increased across all LGAs observed.
- There is minimal use of derogatory languages against candidates on the basis of their gender, age and faith.
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