With barely 4 months to the 2023 regular elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has knowledgeable Nigerian youths that their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) is more powerful than AK47 rifles.
The electoral umpire moreover acknowledged with the PVC, the youths may make an announcement with out getting involved in violence, saying snatching of ballot bins is no longer in vogue, with the deployment of latest know-how.
This was disclosed by INEC’s Desk Officer on Gender in Plateau State, Chinyere Okorie whereas addressing youths at Bege Foundation’s month-to-month Gaskiya Platform held in Jos the State Capital.
The event tagged: Safer and Peaceful Communities: Youth Conduct in Curbing Electoral Violence Before, During and After 2023 regular elections, was geared towards sensitising over 120 youths slicing all through 20 communities in Bassa, Jos North and Jos South LGAs of the state, with assist from Peace Direct, by means of Legacy.
Okorie acknowledged, “For the 2023 regular elections to realize success, the youths have an vital perform to play.
“By subsequent month the PVCs could possibly be out, we’re asking Nigerians who’ve registered to go and collect theirs.
”The 2023 regular election goes to be one of many credible elections INEC will conduct, because of the know-how the electoral umpire is deploying.
“So it’s not just enough to register, go and collect your PVC once INEC starts giving it out”, she admonished.
“As youths, you should know that your PVC is more powerful than AK 47, with your PVC you can make a statement”, she maintained.
“As youths, go to the polling unit and make an announcement, not by being violent.
“If the voters does not consider throughout the ongoing course of, INEC is deploying to ensure credible elections come 2023, we wouldn’t have had this large inhabitants coming out to register all through the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) throughout the historic previous of Nigeria, its unprecedented.
“I bear in mind when the CVR was occurring, and the youths acknowledged if what occurred in Ekiti and Osun, we’re assured that in 2023, our votes will rely.
“Anybody thinking of snatching of ballot boxes is no longer a story, is no help to the person”, she assured.
Earlier, the Programme Officer of Bege Foundation, Remikat Ayuba, acknowledged, “We actually really feel that it is vital that youths key into strengthening constructions of peace and battle prevention earlier than, all through and after the 2023 regular elections.
According to her, “The Gaskiya Platform is organised month-to-month for fostering peaceful coexistence amongst quite a few communities in Plateau State, nevertheless this month’s platform is concentrated at over 120 youths slicing all through 20 communities in Bassa, Jos North and Jos South LGAs of the state, to strengthen them on security, good governance and peacebuilding ahead of the 2023 polls.
“This particular programme is for youths to return collectively to curb violence earlier than, all through and after the 2023 regular elections.
“As we have commenced this month, it will be a continuous monthly engagement up to the time of the polls”, she maintained.
Also speaking, the chairman of Plateau Peace Practitioners Network (PPPN), a coalition of civil society organisations throughout the State, Comrade Pwakim Jacob Choji, recommended the organisation for organising the event for youths, saying it was properly timed.
“Conversations like this is what we must really encourage and also look forward to”, he confused.
In his keynote deal with, Bello Lukman steered the youths to provide consideration to the usual of the candidates throughout the 2023 elections.
“Since 1999, most youths vote based mostly totally on religious or tribal sentiments, can’t we shift from that and vote for credibility?
“For instance, those vying for the number one seat in the country, most of them have held key positions before now, how have they faired!; rather voting based on religious or tribal sentiments”, he admonished.