Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC in collaboration with Inter-faith Mediation Centre IMC have reminded political parties and their Candidates to strikly work on their commitments toward ensuring peaceful election.
The Executive Director of CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani made the call at a press briefing in Kaduna.
Auwal Rafsanjani represented by the Senior Program Officer, CISLAC, Solomon Adoga noted that, a number of Peace Accord have been signed in Kaduna State with a view to ensuring peace before during and after the 2023 general election in the state.
He said the organizations commended religious leaders in Southern Kaduna for coming together to signed MOU between Christians and Muslims to uphold peace through out the electioneering period in that part of the State.
Rafsanjani stated that, they consider the act as thoughtful, proactive, exemplary and worthy of emulation by other region of the State as well as the federation at large.
“The commitment of the political parties and their frontline candidates under
the accord binds them to shun hate speech, peddling of fake news,
political thuggery and other acts that unnecessarily heat up the polity and stoke up electoral violence while focusing on issue-based campaigns”
“Ultimately also, the pact binds the stakeholders to bear on their supporters and party agents the need to maintain peace through the election period.
Auwal Rafsanjani stressed that, all stakeholders must abide by the Peace pact commitments under the agreements.
“Political actions must continue to be in line with the spirit of the agreements, and other observatory
stakeholders such as the civil society and the media must also play their role to ensure compliance to the provisions of the peace agreements.
“We are reminding the political parties and candidates on commitments as we gradually approach the general election to dissuade not just themselves, but their supporters and influencers to desist from stoking up electoral violence and conflict in the State”.
Rafsanjani who stated that Voter education is key, stressing that, it will go along way in
The Admin Secretary, Vision Trust Foundation, Amina Kazaure urged Journalists to to be strategic in their reportage for the unity of the country.
Amina Kazaure urgedparents should train their children in order not to be victims of political thuggery. Adding they should tell them the implications of engaging in social vices.