A Non-Governmental Organisation, Carmelite Prisoners’ Hobby Organisation (CAPIO), is launching a venture, titled Pollrite 23, that might possibly possibly encourage keep into set the electoral rights of inmates in Nigeria.
The Government Director of CAPIO, Rev. Fr Jude Isiguzo, disclosed this when he led his team to transient the Controller-Total of the Nigerian Correctional Carrier (NCoS), Haliru Nababa, about the venture on Thursday.
Rev. Fr Isiguzo mentioned the venture is being funded by Exclaim which is a section of the Dialogue and Dissent agenda of the Dutch Ministry of International Affairs geared toward strengthening the foyer and advocacy ability of civil society organisations and representatives of basically the most marginalised and discriminated groups.
Per him, the Pollrite 23 venture will likely be piloted in three states of Enugu, Lagos and Abuja.
“The Pollrite 23 venture aims to facilitate civic engagement among communities with low voters’ turnout, collectively with inmates in Nigeria, that might possibly possibly encourage keep into set the electoral beautiful of inmates, affect consciousness, and an enabling environment for inmates to vote.
“The venture will allow stakeholders to electrify an electoral framework for inmates that might possibly possibly set the bottom for elections to lend a hand in custodial centres.
“The framework will likely be particular that obtain entry to to electoral sources, (collectively with registration/card assortment aspects, polling items, INEC helpdesks), voter education actions for inmates and wardens and varied logistic requirements,” he mentioned.
While recalling that a Federal High Court docket in Benin, Edo Remark had, in 2014, upheld the rights of inmates to vote, he nonetheless lamented that the inmates in Nigeria had been restful being denied their voting rights.
“But this will likely alternate with your collaboration alongside varied connected government companies collectively with the Self sustaining National Electoral Charge, the Federal Ministry of Interior, the Presidency and the Nigerian Correctional Carrier,” Rev. Fr Isiguzo considerable.
While responding, the Controller-Total of NCoS acknowledged the a mode of interventions of CAPIO which comprise improved the wellbeing of inmates in the country.
He, attributable to this truth, expressed the Carrier’s readiness to work with the NGO to guarantee that the success of the venture.