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THE ROLE OF CITIZENS IN ENSURING FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

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 Elections should be seen as honest, clear and honest to all, writes Linus Okorie

Nigeria is a democratic state and that implies that elections are the one constitutionally recognised means of selecting leaders in any respect ranges of presidency. The whistle has been blown already for the 2023 elections and all political events have already nominated their candidates for the assorted consultant positions. They have additionally intensified their efforts in promoting these candidates to the residents of a terrific nation.

This actuality brings to thoughts the facility and accountability these of us privileged to stay in democratic republics have in deciding the future of our nation and the capability to take action peacefully by way of the poll field. The way forward for our nation at each election cycle can be decided by how effectively the residents are capable of responsibly play this all necessary position of guaranteeing they don’t enable some politicians who need to win elections by all means deny them the best of peacefully voting of candidates of their selection. Nobody will ever deprive the Nigerian folks of their proper to vote besides the Nigerian folks themselves and the one manner they’ll do that’s by not voting. Kofi Annan stated, “Elections are at the heart of democracy. When conducted with integrity, they allow citizens to have a voice in how and by whom they are governed. This is because while human beings need security and livelihoods, they also need freedom, dignity and justice.”

President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR has in a number of events made statements that has dedicated him to supervise free and honest elections. What meaning is that ever company or establishment of state should see the dedication of Mr. President as a marching order to make sure that no political celebration good points extra benefit than others. The election should be seen by residents as honest, clear and honest to all. When that is the case, the inspiration for a peaceable election that conjures up residents to return out en-mass to vote is established. Citizens can now establish their very own roles and discover their very own causes amongst why they need to give themselves to totally take part in voting for candidates of their selection. The imaginative and prescient of a free and honest election should be bought vigorously by the present regime so as to win over those that over time haven’t voted because of the idea that votes don’t rely. This may even deter thugs and different folks inside the political events who need to commit electoral crimes to desist from doing so. People need to see a peaceable election course of. If they win, they rejoice. If they lose, they’ll settle for the result and naturally congratulate the winner. This act alone provides extra credibility to the electoral course of and the regime that performed the elections. My recommendation to the president is to make sure he pulls by way of this dedication. It can be his biggest legacy.

Why ought to residents guarantee peaceable elections?

Love for Nation. Great folks of Nigeria, we’re in a brand new daybreak as a nation. A time when a brand new authorities is about to take over the duty of constructing the Nigeria of our goals. The turn-out and success of the 2023 elections is one that can clearly distinguish our financial system and folks as a democracy on the rise. It is necessary we come out enmass pushed by excessive stage of patriotism because of our love for our nation.

It is extra so heart-warming to know that efforts of Guardians of the Nations International (GOTNI) for 27 years since her inception which is geared in direction of consciously grooming and constructing the capacities of younger Nigerians to develop into transformational leaders is taking a rewarding step. I’m glad to be alive presently in our nation’s historical past to expertise this strong youthful participation in an election that clearly exhibits that energy belongs to the folks of Nigeria – her youth particularly.

As we strategy 2023 election, we pray that God blesses Nigerians with knowledge to make the best selection. It is time to make big emotional funding in loving this nation regardless of what we now have gotten from her. We must encourage thousands and thousands of younger folks, women and men in our nice nation to seek out route and help in deciding on leaders who will kind the brand new authorities; to make sure the very best management values and approaches to our nationwide engagement and improvement. There is a way of urgency to offer worth and encourage our nation in direction of a spot of greatness amongst the committee of countries. We should undertake this activity. The actuality is that one of many causes we take part within the electoral course of is to make sure we vote on election day. We should not solely vote, we should vote for the best purpose. We should vote for love of nation. We should vote past abdomen infrastructure.

We should guarantee a peaceable election so we will proceed to take pleasure in stability in our polity.

If the election results in disaster, it’s merely uncertainty for every considered one of us. Some of the politicians who use the very poor to create a disaster stuffed surroundings would be the first set of individuals to run away from the nation with their households and the poor will then kill themselves in an pointless disaster. We do not need a selection however to verify we conduct ourselves in ways in which convey us solely stability and peace.

Everyone should develop into an agent of peace. Albert Einstein stated, “Peace can’t be saved by power, it may possibly solely be achieved by understanding. There should be high-level negotiations and dialogue occurring at totally different ranges. There should be a consensus that Nigerians are uninterested in rigged elections which have given start to dangerous leaders at totally different stage of management. It should be clear amongst residents that faith and ethnic politics is now not sustainable. This clear understanding that Nigerians can be voting for less than competent, visionary and principled candidates past faith, tribe and abdomen infrastructure.

I had a chance to talk to a bunch of passionate people who had gathered to hope for Nigeria on Saturday morning. One of the audio system had emphasised the necessity for Nigerians to proceed to hope for God to the touch the center of leaders to permit peace to reign as we go to the polls to conduct elections. While agreeing with him that we have to proceed to hope as a folks for God to intervene and I even gave an occasion when Nehemiah heard concerning the collapse of the wall of Jerusalem whereas within the king’s palace. The very first thing he did was to hope fervently after which requested for the king’s permission for him to rebuild the partitions. The remainder of his actions had been filled with accountability as he undertook the duty. He surveyed the land, set his imaginative and prescient, strategized, mobilized his staff and went into full execution whereas absolutely ready for warfare with the enemy. He was centered and protracted till he completed his name. Every Nigerian should comply with the identical course of. We should get it proper this time. 2023 should be our long-awaited 12 months for probably the most peaceable and credible election. Please simply enable me to dream. After all goals come true.

You should keep in mind if a person doesn’t have a goal for waking up sleeping turns into fascinating.

 Okorie is a management improvement skilled spanning 27 years within the analysis, educating and training of management in Africa and the world over. He is the CEO of the GOTNI Leadership Centre.

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There should be a consensus that Nigerians are uninterested in rigged elections which have given start to dangerous leaders at totally different stage of management. It should be clear amongst residents that faith and ethnic politics is now not sustainable

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