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2011 elections: Group organises debate

As part of its contribution to ensure a free and fair polls next year, a group,, has concluded plans to  present ‘Nigeria Decides’, a programme designed to enlighten Nigerians on the need to discharge their civic rights.

The group announced that ‘Nigeria Decides’ will focus on the permutations and projections into the 2011 general elections so as to help the electorate make up their mind  on who to vote.

It said the initiative was the first coordinated effort to promote good governance and create public awareness on political, social, non-social and development/non development programme issues.

Nigeria Decides employs the conventional media, radio and television, roadshows, newspapers and magazine as well as the new media, SMS, web and social networks.

Sir Bob Okonyia, promoter of the project, said it would gauge political temperature and put public office holders on the spot.

He declared that major television and radio stations had indicated interest to beam live the debates, while the outcome would be published in major newspapers as well as online on

He said “for the first time in Nigeria’s history, we now have participatory democracy, Nigerians anywhere they are in the world can participate in the election of who rules them. We are using a combination of media to target and get Nigerians to participate in democracy”

Okonyia stressed that “in 12 years of continuous democratic governance, there are more than 23 million internet users in the country, according to the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, and more than 90 million mobile phones according to the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), these points to increased activities and level of development.


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