A Non Governmental Organization ( NGO), Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI), today engaged the media and other stakeholders in the civil society towards a violence free polls in October 10 Governorship polls in Ondo State.
At the Nigeria Election Violence Report ( NEVR) Dialogue session organized by KDI and held at the Grand Capital Hotel, the Head Research and Communication, KDI, Olufemi Adebayo provided an assessment of the security risk factors and tendencies for violence in Saturday’s polls saying from its survey, Akure South, Owo, Ose and Ilaje were at high risk of experiencing violence.
Also going by the aftermaths of the recently conducted LG elections in the state, Mr. Adebayo further observed that Akoko region as well as Idanre are also at risk of experiencing violence during the election thus the need to take steps to mitigate violence during the election.
In its recommendation, KDI urged INEC to be transparent and fair and that religious leaders must speak up for peaceful conduct during the polls.
KDI also used the opportunity to urge members of the pen profession to be professional in the discharge of their duties during the election.
In his goodwill message, IFES’ Country Director, Hermann Thiel commended Kimpact for doing a great job in mitigating violence during elections.
While acknowledging Kimpact’s contributions towards peaceful polls in Edo State, Hermann Thiel also thanked other donor agencies supporting the vision towards an electoral violence free polls.
Also speaking Dr. Beatrice Reaud, Democracy and Governance Officer, USAID- Nigeria restated the importance of a violence free poll saying Kimpact should keep up the good work it has been doing over the years.
The climax of the interactive session however was the signing of peace pledges to preach peace and mitigate electoral violence by all stakeholders.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Executive Director, Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI), Mr. Bukola Idowu said the organization is collaborating with other agencies to ensure a peaceful electoral process and that looking at reports of tracked violence in Ondo State with about 59 potential for violence cases and 25 violent cases, there is need to engage stakeholders.