2019: Group calls for hitch-free elections

2019: Group calls for hitch-free elections

- A non-governmental organisation has urged electorates to shun violence and go about the exercise in a peaceful way

- The group asked electorates to see the election as a tool for change in the country

- Voters were advised to reject desperate politicians who may want to lure them into thuggery

Noble Youths Mass Support Association (NYMSA), a non-governmental organisation, has called on the electorates to eschew violence and promote peace in the forthcoming general elections.

Godwin Omonya, the national coordinator of the group, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gwagwalada on Wednesday, February 6.

He urged the electorate to view the 2019 general elections as a means of enhancing the nation’s democracy and socio-economic development.

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He said: “Winning elections should not be a desperate task for our politicians; they should refrain from gaining power at all costs through Machiavellian tactics. Our politicians should eschew hate speeches, which are usually disseminated through the social media.

“We call on all eligible voters to promote violence-free elections; they should also come out en masse on election days and vote for credible leaders."

Besides, Omonya advised the electorate and the contestants to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, while considering the interests of the country during and after the elections.

“We are calling on the electorate to choose candidates by using certain parameters such as credibility, integrity and political ideology.

“The security agencies and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be firm and fair; they must remain unbiased and they should not to be attached to any candidate or political party,’’ he said.

Omonya also called on the youth not to allow themselves to be used by desperate politicians to foment trouble or perpetrate electoral malpractices during the elections.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) called on the INEC to ensure transparency in the appointment of electoral officers for the forthcoming general elections.

Kola Ologbondiyan, the PPCO director of media and publicity, who made the call at a press conference on Thursday, January 24, in Abuja, said INEC must ensure that the process of appointing electoral officers was transparent.

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