Friday, July 11, 2014


Veteran actress, Hilda Dokubo, was a participant in a 2-day public hearing on electoral accountability, organized by the National Human Rights Commissiion, which recently took place in Port Hacourt. The hearing took place on July 2 and July 3 at L.A Kings. Speaking during the hearing, the actress said: "Electoral malpractice is almost as old as Nigeria's independence and has become an almost acceptable norm in our Nigeria society though often referred to as a crime against the people and a social vice, usurp of the peoples rights and Mandate. Yet in politics and to politicians electoral malpractices is part of the game."

Speaking further, she said: "The first notable and recorded electoral malpractices was in 1964,Nigeria's first election held after the departure of the British and emergence of our independence in 1960. According to Steve Ebil,Nigeria's political history especially in the last 40years is as Nnamdi Azikiwe of blessed memory puts in "A most chequered one". What it therefore means is that this act is older than I am and I am nearly a grandmother." 

She further went on to share her experiences in the last three elections, speaking on a wide range of issues, such as

  • Choosing a political party and becoming a member 
  • Political parties,their values and culture
  • Political parties registration process for the aspirants and their selection process
  • The registration process for the electorate
  • The voting materials (transparency process)
  • The voting environment and crime
  • The voting process, accreditation casting,counting and endorsement
  • Security agencies and their role in the protection of human rights (peoples mandate) 
  • Upholding the mandate? Which mandate?
Hilda Dokubo (right) speaking at the public hearing

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