By Olawale Ibrahim , Lokoja
Ahead of November 16 governorship election in Kogi State, Search for Common Ground, an international non-governmental organization has urged the Political party members and their supporters to channel their campaign to be more issue based rather than target personality and ethnicity.
They are also advised to engage in more dialogue to resolve party conflict, instead of physical attacks , stressing that they should refrain inciting and hateful comment to spur violence in the state.
This will in a long in countering /preventing violence, enhance healthy competition and improve the quality of conversation in party campaigns and rallies.
The NGO stated that security agencies have the mandate to protect the citizens and maintain law and order, nothing that they should be more deliberate and profession in their approach to curb these early warning of electoral (physical attacks, destruction of property , communal crises, voters inducement and hate speech.
Search For Common Ground called on the Civil Societies should do more sensitization and violence prevention, noting that they are expected to enlighten citizens on the dangers of preventing violence.
It also tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on continuous voters education and campaign on peaceful election should be stepped up in the high-risk locations.
Search for Common Ground urges INEC to facilitate the signing of peace pact among the major stakeholders, while NOA should also play this role as part of its mandate.