Thursday, October 20, 2016

Enough-is-Enough @Las Vegas final US Presidential debate

A coalition of individuals and organizations committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship, otherwise known as Enough-is-Enough (EiE) is in Las Vegas to take part in the final presidential debate in the United States of America, reports ITRealms.

EiE Nigeria, ITRealms gathered was an integral part of the #OccupyNigeria movement in 2012 and it’s currently very active in the #OpenNASS campaign.

The coalition comprised of The Future Project; Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN); Education as a Vaccine (EVA); Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND); and LYNX Nigeria. Partners include BudgIT & ReclaimNaija.

The EiE’s Executive Director, ‘Yemi Adamolekun, said it is deeply gratifying that their work on debates was recognized and a privilege to learn from the final Presidential Debate organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on October 19th in Las Vegas, USA.

“Of course, it’s also very exciting to witness a debate that will be talked about for years to come.” Adamolekun said, stressing that Nigerians have followed the US debates with great interest and it is expected that there will be a louder demand for a Presidential debate during the 2019 elections.

EiE, ITRealms reports was invited alongside some other debate organisers from 27 countries.

In 2015, ITRealms gathered that EiE and Channels were ready to host a Presidential Debate but Mr Buhari declined to participate.

From the first youth-focused Presidential Debate in 2011, EiE has led the conversation about the importance of debates in an election process. Over the last 5 years EiE has funded, hosted or co-hosted debates in Cross River (2012), Anambra (2013), Ekiti (2014), Osun (2014), Rivers (2015), Plateau (2015), Bayelsa (2015) & Edo (2016). EiE also co-hosted debates for youth party leaders in Cross River and for the APC & PDP national youth party leaders in 2015.

Further, ITRealms recalls that in 2011, EiE created the RSVP Campaign – Register | Select | Vote | Protect – as a voter education & get out the vote vehicle encouraging young Nigerians to register to vote; select credible candidates; vote wisely and protect their votes on election day and in the 4 years in between elections. Debates have been the platform that EiE has provided to citizens to select candidates they believe will best serve the needs of the people. Debates force candidates to be challenged on their policies and plans for the electorate beyond the noise and self-promotion of party meetings and rallies.

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