INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGNS AGAINST RIGGED ELECTIONS (iCARE) is a non-partisan organization focused on activities that are proactive intervention through citizen’s mobilization and education towards achieving free, fair and transparent elections in developing countries.
Monday 16th April 2018 officials of iCARE paid a courtesy visit to National Orientation Agency of Nigeria (NOA) in recognition of of the agency’s responsibility for national orientation and mass mobilisation.
Member of iCARE at the meeting were Toju Okoro, Hon. Samuel Obodo, Gloria Okekearu, Ebere Orhewere and Obuesi Phillips.
iCARE primary objective of the visit was to seek the partnership and collaboration with NOA towards sensitization of the voting public especially people at the grassroot towards the success of 2019 general election starting with ongoing voter’s registration.
He informed that:
- There is the need to be properly registered with the relevant government agency to give life to the activities of iCARE
- To avoid allowing people use the iCARE forum as a platform to deliberately denigrate the government.
- Constructive criticism of the government is welcome but not hate speech.
- NOA will be willing to partner with iCARE if it is an initiative under Community Agenda for Peace (CAP) which they are familiar with.
In its response, the representatives stated that iCARE maintains a strict ban on hate speech or any form of discrimination bases on tribe, religion, sex or political affiliation.
The promised to look into the suggestions and ideas suggested by the NOA Director.
Finally iCARE informed NOA of its plans to host a ROAD RALLY between Ikeja and Alausa Government House to raise awareness against child voters and electoral malpractices to which the Director Mr. Waheed Ishola accepted to collaborate and co-host the road rally with iCARE as an initiative of CAP.
The road rally is tentatively scheduled for Friday 27th April 2018. In return NOA invited iCARE to a strategic stakeholder’s forum taking place this coming Thursday 19th April 2018 at Mainland Local Government.