Group Advocates Voter’s Card Awareness

Group Advocates Voter’s Card Awareness

Blessing Otobong-Gabriel

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, Young Leaders Rights and Patriotic Initiative of Nigeria, YOLPIN, has advocated for massive voters card awareness as part of a sensitization programme to prepare Nigerians to be fully ready for the general elections.

President of YOLPIN, Andrew Ugbede-Ojo said during a roadshow that the exercise is one out of their numerous activities to promote citizens participation in the democratic process and this awareness has been ongoing across churches, mosques, radio including social media engagements.

Ugbede-Ojo said the initiative was borne out of their desire to build a better Nigeria, adding that the organization also has in place various programmes and activities geared towards building the leadership capacity of young people, human rights advocacy, promoting democracy and governance and youth empowerment across Nigeria.

According to him, this particular project was necessitated by the high level of invalid registration recorded by INEC in their April report where 1,390,519 million out of 2,523,458 registration was declared invalid and about 20 million PVCs uncollected.

“This is an indication of a huge awareness gap and a sign of possible voter apathy, hence the need to step in to ensure that people get registered correctly and most importantly, help them do their replacement of lost or damaged card, or relocation of their polling unit and not to register for a new one. We have been able to correctly register a minimum of 4,342 people either as pre-registration and follow them up for capturing, relocation or card replacement to ensure that more people are able to vote in the 2023 general elections”.

While appreciating the support of INEC so far, he, however, solicited for the support of other stakeholders with interest in advancing Nigeria’s democracy, saying “we have the human resources, knowledge, skills, network, energy and capacity to carry out this awareness campaign across the country”.

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