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Nigeria’s democratic political process got a boost recently with help provided by the United States.
U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington joined more than 40 prominent Nigerian politicians and International Republican Institute, or IRI, President Daniel Twining to launch a new activity supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID,to help political parties adopt better governance practices and improve the quality of political discourse.
Implemented for USAID by IRI and Search for Common Ground, the three-year, 5.5-million-dollar Responsive Political Party Program will help the major national political parties in Nigeria improve responsiveness to their constituents.It will also contribute to creating peaceful participation ahead of the upcoming elections.
The activity promises to help parties contesting the upcoming elections to become more representative of the citizenry,and improve the oversight of government programs.
It also aims to increase the frequency and intensity of political party interactions with their constituents,improve communication among party officials, candidates, and officeholders at all levels,and boost the participation of marginalized groups in political processes and within the parties themselves.
The Responsive Political Party Program will also help spread the message of peace and non-violence through the electoral process,determine early warning signs of electoral violence,and formulate strategies to mitigate potential violence through conflict assessment in conjunction with political parties and civil society organizations.
“Working with [IRI] on this project, our parties will be stronger and more efficient, vibrant and responsive to the yearnings of Nigerians,”Deputy Senate President Ike Ekeremadu remarked.“I assure you of the cooperation of the National Assembly towards the actualization of this noble initiative.”
“在这个项目上与美国国际共和学会合作，将使我们的政党变得更加强大、高效、充满活力，同时提高政党对尼日利亚人民诉求的响应效率，”尼日利亚参议院副主席Ike Ekweremad说， “我向大家保证，国民议会将为实现这一崇高倡议充分展开合作。”
“If you seek to be followed ... tell the story not only of what is wrong, but what you would do right for the future,”Ambassador Symington told the assembled politicians.“And the greatest ‘right’ you can do is to inspire your members to come together and make Nigeria better.”