2023: Afenifere group calls for electronic voting, fresh voters register

2023: Afenifere group calls for electronic voting, fresh voters register

- The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has called for a fresh voters register and implementation of electronic voting before the 2023 elections

- The Yoruba socio-political group also said it believes all parts of the country stand to benefit from a properly restructured Nigeria

- The ARG called on stakeholders to begin early advocacy on the implementation of the electoral and legislative reforms before the 2023 elections

Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), on Sunday, March 31 has advocated for the implementation of electronic voting in the country before the next general elections.

It also asked that current voters register be cleaned up before contemplating conduct of the next elections, NAN reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that the group says it will continue to agitate for the restructuring of Nigeria’s governance architecture without compromise.

This stance was conveyed in a communique issued at the end of the group’s 2019 retreat at the Government House, Ado Ekiti.

The communiqué was read to journalists on Sunday evening at the end of the two-day retreat.

According to the document, presented by its national publicity secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, the group says it believes all parts of the country stand to benefit from a properly restructured Nigeria, in spite of whatever fears are harboured by the different nationality groups.

The ARG also called on state governments in the south-west to evolve policies that would promote Yoruba identity, values, orientation and economic prosperity.

“We demand that the acceptable Yoruba socio-political leadership is one that protects the social welfare interests and values of our people

“We, therefore, look forward expectantly to appropriate reforms in the leadership structure. It is trite that when political leadership is wrong, beneficial socio-economic and infrastructural policies are always the casualty,” the group stated.

While stating its readiness to provide a platform to encourage greater political participation, it called on stakeholders to begin early advocacy on the implementation of the electoral and legislative reforms before the next general elections.

ARG also called for full implementation of electronic voting and clean up of voters register, adding that the exercise must be carried out before the next general election.

“ARG recognises the importance of the Yoruba Diaspora in the transfer of progressive knowledge and processes in their countries of residence to Yoruba homelands.

“This critical demography can help us achieve a lot of progress if they get involved in the political processes right from their different bases, while also offering their technical expertise towards improving the socio-political and economic landscape of the Yoruba homelands,” the group stated.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Ayo Fasanmi, a factional leader of the Afenifere group, and Prof Banji Akintoye, an elder statesman and historian, urged Yoruba people to get ready for the presidency in 2023.

They made the call while speaking at a colloquium marking the 110th posthumous birthday of the late Obafemi Awolowo in Ekiti state.

Fasanmi called on Yorubas to unite in order to produce the next president. He further endorsed the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, as a possible presidential candidate for 2023; stating that Yorubas should support someone who shares Awolowo’s visions.

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