NGO Initiates Project To Enforce Inmates’ Voting Rights

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A non-governmental organisation, the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organisation (CAPIO), said it had started a project titled, “Pollrite 23,” to enforce the electoral rights of inmates in Nigeria.

The Executive Director, CAPIO, Reverend Father Jude Isiguzo, said this while briefing the Controller-General, Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Mr Haliru Nababa, about the project on Thursday in Abuja.

Isiguzo said the project, which was implemented by CAPIO had funding support from Voice, a part of the Dialogue and Dissent agenda of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He said this was aimed at strengthening the lobby and advocacy capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and representatives of the most marginalised and discriminated groups.

According to him, the Pollrite 23 project will be piloted in three states including Enugu, Lagos and Abuja.

“The Pollrite 23 project aims to facilitate civic engagement among communities with low voters’ turnout, including inmates in Nigeria.

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