The Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) is now preparing to take on its task as advocator for the Voter Education awareness project reaching out to our communities in the provinces who are vulnerable to information.
During the formal launching of the Project January 2014, European Union acting Charge’d Affairs Marc Van Uytvanck said that awareness is therefore key to change the future representation of women and to ensure compliance with the national registration process and to create excellent cooperation towards free and fair elections as well.
In response the SIDT Director, Mr Longden Manedika said that SIDT is committed to work towards this year’s election by empowering people with information and using media as a tool to help out.
He said,” the Voter Education and Access to Unbiased Media Coverage is important for voters throughout Solomon Islands. This is what we are projected to address in this project. We will be working closely with the Electoral Commission, Development Services Exchange and our village theatre groups to implement this project. We are also looking at three dimensions in this initiative: before, during and after election issues. “
The overall objectives of this project are centered on four components;
- Registered voters are empowered to make informed choices and exercise their democratic right to vote within a safe an unbiased electoral environment. To provide accurate and updated electoral information to voters to support their informed participation in the electoral process
- To enable women and men and youth to actively and freely participate in the electoral process through the use of unbiased media resources and mediums
- To engage existing SIDT partners (i.e Electoral Commission) and networks to disseminate accurate and updated information to the electorates
- To foster political pluralism through increased engagement and coordination between partner civil society organisations.
I would like to acknowledge the confidence EU Delegation have for SIDT to implement this project. The proposal came through team effort he adds.
The SIDT Voter Education and Access to Unbiased Media Coverage is a 14 month project which already started as from January 2014 and ends February 2015.