2019: YIAGA Africa commences nationwide stakeholder advocacy for credible, peaceful polls

2019: YIAGA Africa commences nationwide stakeholder advocacy for credible, peaceful polls

- Election stakeholders are putting everything in place to ensure a peaceful and credible elections come February 16 and March 2

- As the election is fast approaching with campaigns in full gear, YIAGA Africa’s Watching The Vote (WTV) will be carrying out advocacy visits to critical election stakeholders

- The visit is to inform them about the WTV plans for the observation of the elections to introduce them to the WTV methodology

YIAGA Africa’s Watching The Vote (WTV) has commenced a nationwide advocacy visit to election stakeholders in Nigeria.

The largest citizen movement committed to credible elections in Nigeria, says the move is in a bid to, share the promises of the WTV project, discuss the deployment plans for the 2019 elections, seek stakeholder buy-in and explore areas of collaboration as well as to provide information on the ongoing pre-election observation across Nigeria.”

This was disclosed in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, January 15, by the project director of YIAGA Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu.

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She said:“The pre-election observation being observed by our 822 long term observers across Nigeria has revealed salient information on level of voter education and what role stakeholders need to play to ensure improved citizen participation in the electoral process.

“Using our national structure of one or more state focal point in each of the 36 states and one local government area supervisor in each of the 774 LGAs, we have commenced our advocacy visits to some major election stakeholders in Nigeria to enable us to discuss our reports and recommendations from the pre-election environment and share our plans for the observation of the 2019 general elections."

She stated that the advocacy visit would enable YIAGA Africa’s WTV project reach out to elections stakeholders which include, INEC, the Nigerian Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), National Orientation Agency, Nigerian Union of Journalists, other Civil Society Organisations, traditional and religious leaders as well as Faith Based Organisations.

“While informed citizen participation is vital to a credible election, we believe that not only the electoral commission have a role to play in educating voters, other stakeholders including religious and traditional leaders can play huge roles as influencers to their followers in preaching the electoral message.

“Similarly, there is no credible elections without peace, and this makes our advocacy visit to police and the NSCDC very vital at this crucial point in time. The visit to security agency nationwide will enable us analyse the early warning systems we have built to ensure security threats are nipped in the bud.

“As an organization, we believe the mass media are key to information dissemination especially at this election period. This is why our Watching The Vote team are also paying advocacy visits to the Nigerian Union of Journalists offices across Nigeria as this will ensure that information on the electoral process will be amplified as wide as possible,” Mbamalu said.

She added that the WTV working group will also carry out advocacy visits to critical election stakeholders at the national level to inform them about the WTV plans for the observation of the elections to introduce them to the WTV methodology.

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Meanwhile, an Enugu-based group, Youth Alliance for Good Governance, says it has set up monitoring teams across the state to check vote buying during the forthcoming general elections.

The founder of the group, Kingsley Ochinawata, disclosed this on Tuesday, January 15, in Enugu while addressing the newsmen on their preparations for the polls.

Ochinawata said that the monitoring teams were in the 260 electoral wards in the state, adding that inducement by politicians during polls must stop.

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