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VOTER EDUCATION

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Voter Education 2012

The Voter Education project is an initiative of Transparency International PNG in partnership with the ESP3 (PNGEC, & Caritas PNG) to build integrity in the electoral processes through civic awareness. Much of the aims and formal activities of this project has been carried through since it came into being in 2007 in view of the National Elections. Education in support of the Electoral process is known as Voter Education where the primary target is the voter.

At its core, Voter Education is an enterprise designed to ensure that voters are ready and willing, and able to participate in electoral politics. It has been assumed that this entails election literacy and confidence that the electoral process is appropriate and effective in selecting governments and promoting policies that will benefit the individual voter. It is essential to ensure that voters can effectively exercises their voting rights and express their political will through the electoral process. If voters are not prepared or motivated to participate in the electoral process, then questions may begin to arise about legitimacy, representativeness and responsiveness of elected leaders and institutions.

The main objective is to increase the quality of governance and thus reduce corruption by assisting voters to make a more informed choice when voting in the national elections. The civic awareness geared project aims to reach this goal of maximum Voter Education information saturation and dissemination through poster distribution, radio & TV broadcasts and regional forums & provincial workshops. 

Poster Distribution

In February 2012, 72,000 posters were published for distribution. Of this, 68,400 posters were initially delivered to the PNG Electoral Commission to distribute to their network partners. 3,600 posters were delivered to TIPNG. TIPNG replenished its stock in April, with 43,920 more posters from the PNGEC storage to cater for outreach. TIPNG has 1,800 posters in stock, which we plan to disseminate during the 2013 LLG elections and through our civic education programs.

 Assuming each person given a poster showed each poster to 5 people during their awareness activities and we multiply that by the total number of posters disseminated (45,720), this gives poster coverage of 228,600 people. If we assume that 360,000 newspaper readers (i.e.180, 000 distribution coverage per newspaper ) were reached, the Voter Education posters were in total distributed to approximately 500,000 people. These exclude posters distributed through walk-ins to our office from the general public and interested network partners.

Radio and television 

The Voter Education project engaged with Radio & TV stations (NBC, FM100 & Kundu 2) from February 22nd – June 30th 2012. The medium was a further plus to the project as it helped advertise and promote the purpose of Voter Education awareness and its proposed activities in all the provinces. The content of the broadcasts was endorsed by the PNG Electoral Commission and were based on the Frequently Asked Questions that were raised during the Voter Education regional forum in 2007. The panel members selected for these sessions were from diverse backgrounds within Papua New Guinea and abroad. These sessions gave confidence to people to discuss pressing election issues on air in a non-threatening environment. The Radio & TV Broadcast sessions were run twice from February 22nd – June 25th. The first 7 sessions were broadcasted on NBC and Kundu2 and the second broadcast was hosted by FM100 on their “Community Corner show”.

Provincial Workshops & Regional Forums

The regional forums and provincial workshops were conducted with a view to teach and help people learn and understand the value of good governance, leadership, integrity and conscientious voting in the national elections. It also provided training on how one can participate in ensuring of integrity in the election processes through community advocacy. 

The highest recorded attendance was largely from marginalised people in society. The people who represented these groups found the Voter Education projects materials and workshops as either relevant or more relevant because many felt that it highlighted those basic human issues that were often neglected pre, during and post elections. On the other hand, those who were classed under the youth and male groups found relevant or irrelevant because they felt that issues such as violence, destruction of property, giving bribes was the difference between losing and winning an election.

Voter Education 2013 - LLG Elections

***to be updated***

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