South East Working Group on Election and Governance (SEWEG) Inception/Business Meeting I

Preliminaries
The meeting started by 10.15 am, following registration and breakfast by the participants. The first activity of the day was a round of introduction by the participants. This was followed by opening remarks by the Executive Director of IID. Opening Remarks by the Executive Director, IID The Executive Director of IID, Prof Okechukwu Ibeanu, gave brief welcome remarks, highlighting the motivations for setting up IID, and introducing SEWEG. He justified the choice of “Towards a Democratic Local Government in South East Nigeria” as the theme for the inaugural SEWEG meeting, noting that enriching democratic culture requires a bottom-up approach. He rounded-off his remarks by asking for the opinion of members on the constitution of SEWEG, particularly if public office holders should be invited to join SEWEG.

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