TM team with the participants of the voter education program, B.Hithaadhoo
Transparency Maldives has commenced a voter education programme focusing on elections and democracy, importance of informed choice and the negative impacts of vote buying.
TM travelled to B. Hithaadhoo (2-4 May 2013) and has planned to conduct voter education in Thinadhoo, Gadhdhoo, Gemanafushi and Viliginli from Thursday (9 May 2013) onwards.
The current phase of the programme is targeted at island communities. However, TM will expand the programme in the run-up to the elections, utilizing broadcast media and social media to reach out to a wider audience.
In the meantime, TM is also collaborating with Maldives Broadcasting Corporation in their voter education campaign, Votah Tayyaaru program broadcast live on TVM, Dhivehi FM and Dhivehiraajjeyge Adu on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday respectively of every week.
TM’s Pre-Election Assessment found that there is an immense need to conduct voter education to address the sociopolitical and trust issues and minimize the negative influence of money in politics i.e. vote buying in elections.