By Gabriel Enogholase– Benin
European Centre for Electoral Assistance (ECES), has actually recommended youths in Edo state not to enable themselves to be utilized by political leaders to commit violence throughout the September 19, 2020 governorship election in the state.
ECES’s Senior Electoral Administration Specialist, Dr. Isiaka Yahaya, made the call on Saturday in Benin at a city center on youths and non-Violent involvement in the Edo governorship election arranged in cooperation with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He stated,” Youths must not enable self-centered political leaders to utilize you to commit violence, when you see what might result in violence, do not turn to self-defense however report to security representatives for action,”.
According to him, participation in electoral violence and malpractices will not enable the youths to vote and the will of individuals would be truncated throughout the election.
He specified that the‘youths were always the victims of election violence because they are the one that would be injured, killed and also arrested by the police,’
He even more prompted the youths not to take part in vote-buying too assisting political leaders to purchase votes since they would be mortgaging their future.
Dr. Isiaka kept in mind that ECES is supporting INEC to provide, complimentary reasonable and trustworthy election stating that it was not worried who wins the election however that the procedure need to be complimentary and individuals had the ability to cast their votes easily.
On his part, INEC Agent, Mr. Sunny Ezumah, Assitant Director, CSO INEC head office, Abuja, prompted the youth not to enable political leaders to tempt them to damage throughout the election.
He stated the effort was to sensitised the youths on the requirement to be actively associated with the electoral procedure in the state and not violence.
Likewise speaking, Cynthia Mbamalu, the program director of Yiaga Africa charged electorate to come out en masse to vote as an election can just be rigged when there is citizens lethargy.
She kept in mind that the power to have a much better nation, complimentary and reasonable election depends on the hands of the youths with their numbers however that they constantly gather cash and vote versus their conscience.
The European Centre for Electoral Assistance (ECES) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday gotten in touch with the youths in Edo to withstand being utilized for election violence in the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Mr Isiaka Yahaya, the Electoral Administration Specialist, European Centre for Electoral Assistance (ECES) made the call throughout a city center on Youths and Non-Violent Involvement in the 2020 Edo governorship election program in Benin.
Yahaya stated the effort was to sensitise the youths on the requirement to participate in the electoral procedure to ensure their future.
” We are stating that the youths of Edo must not enable themselves to be utilized as punks by political leaders for their political gains.
” they must not mortgage their future by enabling political leaders to utilize them as representatives for vote-buying.
“If you take statistics of past election violence, you discover that the youths themselves are mostly the victims,” he stated.
Yahaya prompted the youths to guarantee that their viewpoint is shown in the management of the state through their votes come September 19.
According to him, ECES is a non-profitable organisation which provides electoral help to Nigeria and other African nations.
He kept in mind that the centre was devoted to enhancing the democratic procedure in Nigeria through the application of the EU-SDGN program.
The Agent of INEC at the occasion, Mr Sunny Ezumah, Assitant Director, CSO INEC head office, Abuja prompted the youths to constantly put the interest of the state above the aspiration of any political leader.
He stated “it is time for the youths to state no to political leaders who will wish to tempt them to damage throughout the election.
According to him, the commission is devoted to guaranteeing that youths were sensitised on the requirement to be actively associated with the electoral procedure in the state.
Likewise speaking, Cynthia Mbamalu, the program director of Yiaga Africa gotten in touch with individuals of Edo to come out en masse to vote including that, the election can just be rigged when there is citizens lethargy.
Mr Emmanuel Ikubese, the INEC Youth Ambassador (IYA) who likewise spoke at the occasion gotten in touch with the youths to benefit from the governorship election to choose the very best prospect that would guarantee youth advancement in the state.