Enugu - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has introduced voter education clubs in secondary schools in Enugu State, an official said.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Monday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Lawrence Azubuike, said the essence was to inculcate in school children the concept of voting.
Azubuike said that the commission met with 142 principals of public schools on the issue and that the principals were enthusiastic about the concept.
``The purpose, as I said, was to solicit their effort and to get their assistance in establishing voter education clubs because the focus now is to the children even when they are not of voting age, if they imbibe the culture and the ideals of democracy and the electoral process, it will stand them a very good stead when they become adults and when they attend the voting age; so the effort is to catch them young.
``But as I said, it was well attended, well received and the process is still on. Some principals have started; they have started the process of establishing those clubs in their schools.”
Azubuike said that the commission would not fund the clubs but would assist and facilitate them.
He said that some INEC staff would visit the schools from time to time to encourage the children.