Non-Violent Election Activities
In 2006/2007, Academic Associates PeaceWorks conducted series of activities on election. The activities are part of AAPW’s initiative to ensure fair and violent free elections in 2007, and were executed over a 14-month implementation period.
- Rally- (November 2006)
Stage one included series of get-out-and-vote type rally in Warri that were aimed to provide limited voter education, but primarily are designed to demonstrate the importance of violent free elections. A total of three rallies have been planed, with one each in Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers States. Each rally included approximately 500 youths from the local communities, and consisted of a marching procession with banners advocating nonviolence, live music, and presentations from key leaders encouraged peace in the 2007 electoral process. Delegates from each of the three participating states also attended each of the rallies to demonstrate regional solidarity concerning violent free elections. Other invited guests include, representatives from the state and local governments, officials from INEC, as well as representatives from the security agencies.
- Voter Education- (December 2006)
This activity targeted the general populous of the three core states concerning voting education, and voter participation prior the local government elections. Specific activities included a number of radio jingles, television announcements, and full-page adverts in local newspapers highlighting the aforementioned topics.
- Training of Trainers in Election Monitoring- (December 2006)
At the conclusion of the rally, AAPW identified volunteers from Local Government Areas (LGAs) who participated in a three-day intensive election monitoring training. Two representatives from twenty of the selected target communities (total of 40) were trained to monitor the local, and federal election processes. Following the training, the participants extended their knowledge to other community members, and recruited additional election monitors. During this stage, AAPW registered with INEC in order to provide trained community members with the appropriate credentials to ensure access to polling stations through the voting process.
- Town Hall Meetings (December-January 2007)
Each of the twenty targeted local government areas convened town hall meetings and identified political issues that they wanted political aspirants to address. The town hall meetings provided the various political parties with issues and concerns that the local communities want to see addressed during the campaign period. The town hall meetings were held during the Christmas period, when many people travel to their hometowns.
- Training of 960 Election Monitors by the Master Trainers (January
During the month of January, 40 youth Master Trainers were mobilized to train their respective constituents (each pair of master trainers trained a minimum of 48 other election monitors per local government, resulting in a total corps of 1,000 trained monitors).
- Monitoring of Local Government, State & Federal Elections (January-
The corps of 1,000 Election Monitors dispersed throughout the twenty targeted local government areas and monitored the local government elections. During the monitoring phase, election monitors recorded their observations
- Constructive Engagement of Youth in the 2011 Elections in Nigeria
(December 2010-July 2011)
Academic Associates PeaceWorks is currently implementing a DfID-funded project on engaging youth constructively, rather than destructively, for credible 2011 elections and improved post-election governance in Nigeria. The purpose of the project is to involve the youth in specific election activities such as informational campaigns, voter education, town hall meetings, and Good Governance Forums. Issues relating to elections and good governance in general will be discussed through popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube, which will also be used to mobilize the youth to vote and monitor performance of government after the elections.