Voter Education on Voting Process
To increase awareness on voting rights and increase confidence on how to cast vote, EWG has designed a leaflet with pictures on every steps of voting process. It includes message on secrecy of vote and information of making complaints if necessary.
Voter Education to Reduce Tolerance for Political Violence
EWG has designed anti-violence voter education materials, including posters for wide dissemination and display, as well as Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for national and community radio, and television. Themes include electoral security, reducing public tolerance for politically-motivated violence, and election-related conflict prevention and mediation skills. These messages will be disseminated widely in the period immediately before the 10th parliament elections.
Voter Education on Responsive and Accountable Leaders
EWG is also developing print materials, radio PSAs, and television spots aimed at encouraging voters to select responsive democratic leadership through elections, and to hold those leaders accountable throughout their tenure. To increase public understanding and help change public expectations, materials and messages will focus on the meaning of democratic representation and the appropriate role of national representatives in a democracy.
To improve the overall quality of representation and accountability, EWG had a plan to host Candidate Forums through partners, in selected constituencies during the last quarter of 2013 to bring together members of the public and candidates. The Forums will be carefully facilitated to enable voters from different walks of life, especially women, to articulate priority community concerns. Candidates will be asked to respond to voter comments in order to demonstrate the candidates’ understanding of local issues and specific ideas to help address challenges. EWG will arrange for Candidate Forums to be broadcast on radio, and especially through local media outlets to expand their outreach to additional voters and to demonstrate and model appropriate representation.