Parties’ Candidates Present Manifestoes in Town Hall Meeting

As part of activities in the build up to the 2019 general elections, candidates of the different political parties in Edo State, Thursday sold their manifestoes to potential voters during a town hall meeting has been held in Benin.
The meeting gave various political parties’ candidates the privilege to present their manifestos to the electorates.
Speaking, the convener of the meeting and Executive Director of Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action), Mrs. Vivian Bello, said the rationale behind the programme was to look at the manifestoes of those that will ascend into political leadership in Edo State, saying it is a forum of bringing the candidates and the electorates together, so as to know their agenda for the electorate.
“The idea is to help the people to make prompt decision in the endorsement of any candidate and subsequently after the elections, the electorates will be able to access the candidates”, Mrs. Bello said.
Also speaking, the Coordinator of Not Too Young To Run Movement in Edo State and Executive Director of Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development Initiative, Prince Israel Orekha said the town hall meeting created an opportunity for the electorate and civil society groups to engage parties’ candidates so as to enter into a contractual agreement with them. He advocated for a legislation that will make the town hall meetings important for all aspiring political candidates.
On her part, the Executive Director of Ayere Community Development Initiative, Eghomwanre Ayere, called for the support of gender affirmative, urging that women should not be relegated from the scheme of things. She commended the organisers of the town hall meeting and thereby called for his sustenance.
A House of Representatives candidate for Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency, Hon. Pius Alile, described the programme as splendid and a prelude to good governance. He said he was always happy to share his manifesto with the people.

Author: News Editor

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