The project seeks to promote issue-based politics and violence-free election in Kano State by educating potential voters on how to make informed electoral choices ahead of the 2015 general elections.

a. Immediate Expected Results:

I. Enhanced capacity of citizens on how to make an informed choice in the 2015 general elections.
II. Increased demand of potential voters for strategic and practical policy interventions from political parties during campaign.
III. Improved participation of potential voters in issue-based politics during the 2015 general elections.

b. Main Activities of the Project:

Between October 15, 2014 and February 15, 2015, CDD will carry-out the following activities to achieve the expected results of this project:

i. Weekly Akasa A Fai Fai Radio Phone-In Discussion Series:

The 13 weeks radio programme will have democracy and development experts as guests who will educate and enlighten citizens on issue-based politics, what should be prioritized when making voting choices during elections and how this can lead to democratic consolidation. In addition, political parties will be invited to speak to their plans and programs, thereby creating avenue for parties to share their manifestos and increasingly engage in issue-based campaign.

These discussions will have effective feedback mechanism in which potential voters will be allowed to ask questions and/or make contributions through phone calls or text messages. In the post-2015 election, these programs will be useful in sustaining debate on the governance process, keeping issue-based politics on the front burner of national discourse. Specifically, this activity will provide parameters to evaluate elected representatives’ performance and hold government accountable for their campaign promises.

ii. Town Hall Meetings In Kano State:

To complement the weekly radio voter education programme, CDD will convene one town hall meeting in each of the Kano Central, North and South Senatorial District. The town hall meeting aims to bring the education programme closer to people in the respective districts, and use it as platform to facilitate dialogue between the people and party candidates aspiring to represent them in the legislative chambers, both in the national and state levels, as well as the governorship office in the state. In terms of mapping of areas where the meetings will be convened, a central or cosmopolitan town in each of the senatorial districts will be selected.

The town hall meeting will have in attendance 200 participants drawn from different groups, including Traditional and Religious leaders, Women and Youth groups, Person with Disability (PWD), Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), National Labour Congress (NLC), National Union of Teachers (NUT), National Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW), amongst others.

iii. Non-Violence Pledge:

The project will enhance the pledge of messages of violence-free elections by leaders of political parties, religious, traditional, women and youth leaders – especially, Yan’daba , National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), elder statesmen, amongst others, to persuade and re-orientate the youth, party supporters, and other perpetuators of violence against electoral violence. This will be conducted in Hausa language and aired as jingle on radio station before (starting from mid-November 2014) and during elections.
The radio phone-in programme will be aired live on Freedom Radio, 99.5FM, Kano State, which has wider audience coverage of more than 2million in Kano State alone. In addition, the discussions will be held in Hausa language as a way of fostering participation of wider audience and, to a large extent, gives sense of ownership and belonging to the people of Kano State. Also, the project has capacity of spill-over effect on politics of neighbouring states, considering that Freedom Radio, 99.5FM, coverage extends beyond Kano State. Also, the non-violence pledge will be broadcast as jingle in the radio station.

Prior to the commencement of the radio programme, CDD will produce a jingle to create public awareness of the programme. The jingles will be produced in Pidgin and Hausa languages.

The Project is supported by Canada Fund.