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16 Sep
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We Will Overcome Vote Buying, INEC Assures

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured that it would overcome the menace of vote buying, which it described as cancer and a threat to the electoral process. Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in Abuja at a voter enlightenment programme, WatchingTheVote Election Series II, put together by the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), with the theme: “Ending the Scourge of Vote Buying and Selling in Nigerian Elections.”

Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, in a statement issued yesterday, quoted c as saying that the challenge of vote buying was not just worrisome to the commission but also to the entire country.

Yakubu, however, expressed optimism about the commission’s ability to respond appropriately to the problem. He said the hydra-headed problem required the involvement of all stakeholders, including security agencies, political parties, civil society organisations, the media, and the citizens.

Yakubu stated, “We will overcome vote buying, just as we have risen to previous challenges to our electoral processes.

“We all have to come together to address this challenge. The truth is that buyers and sellers know that they are committing illegality, but nobody comes out to say, I am a vote buyer or I am a vote seller.

“Some of the infractions take place at the polling units. Some of them take place outside the polling unit on election day. Some even take place before elections through electronic cash transfer.”

The INEC chairman agreed with other speakers at the event, who attributed the emergence of vote buying to the improvement in the electoral process. He outlined some of the steps the commission had already taken to address the challenge.

According to Yakubu, “For the infractions that happen at the polling units, we are looking at the administration of our polling units such that it will be either impossible or difficult for voters to expose their ballot papers to agents of the vote buyers (for settlement thereafter). We are going to use the Osun governorship election in the next eight days to make a statement on vote buying.

“The second measure is to try to ban the use of some devices (in polling cubicles) that aid vote buying on Election Day, such as the mobile phones.”

Yakubu urged the security agencies to apprehend vote buyers and sellers and cooperate with the commission to prosecute them. He noted that even though the law empowered INEC to prosecute vote buyers, the commission lacked the capacity to arrest and investigate offenders.

Yakubu assured the people of Osun and other Nigerians that only the people’s votes would continue to determine the outcome of elections in the country.

One of the board members of YIAGA, Mr. Ezenwa Nwagwu, said vote buying had always been with the country, stressing, however, that it has gained some ascendancy in conversations now because the country’s elections are getting better.

According to him, “Politicians buy votes because the citizens are now the ones who decide the votes, unlike in the past when materials were taken to the houses of politicians and thumb printed. Now they are bringing the monies to the voting areas and it is important that we deepen on citizens’ engagement on this issue.”

Source: This Day

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16 Sep
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YIAGA calls for laws to address loopholes in electoral process

YIAGA Africa, a Civil Society Organisation on Friday called for laws to address loopholes in the electoral process especially vote buying.

Executive Director, YIAGA-Africa, Mr Samson Itodo made the call at the Watching the Vote (WTV) Series with the theme “Ending the Scourge of Vote Buying and Selling in Nigerian Elections” in Abuja.

Itodo, while presenting a document on “Duly Elected or Duly Purchased ‘’: a report on vote buying in the Ekiti election, said Nigeria’s democracy was under threat due to vote buying.

According to him, corruption is a societal challenge that manifests in every facet of life in Nigeria.

“It concerns conducts by the giver and the taker of inappropriate inducement as is the case with perpetrators of vote buying.

“Electoral laws must accommodate the various loopholes for corruption in the conduct of elections and see to the discharge of adequate punishment to offenders.’’

Itodo said this had become imperative because competence and character were no longer the parameters for assessing electoral candidates by Nigerians.

He said that cash-for-vote or “see and buy’’ was emerging as the major determinant of electoral choice which could undermine electoral choices and imperil Nigeria’s democracy.

He said that vote buying also had a tendency to aggravate corruption in public offices as those who hold public mandates were made to seek corrupt means of enriching themselves toward elections.

Itodo said that concerned by the emerging trend of see and buy, YIAGA Africa through its WTV project undertook a post-election investigation to examine the factors that facilitated it.

He said the study, which entailed identifying the chain of operation and methods of vote buying before, during and after elections as well as the implication, identified five drivers.

He listed them to be: Poverty and hunger, improved checks and balances in the electoral process by INEC as well as non-payment of workers’ salaries and pensions.

Others included failure of political office holders to fulfil campaign promises and neglect of rural communities in distribution of infrastructure.

The executive director said online transaction, various gifts and food items, suspicious empowerment programmes were some of the methods deployed to purchase votes during the Ekiti election.

He recommended behavioural change as the best measure against vote purchase and other electoral malfeasance.

He also advocated that political positions should be made less attractive by reducing perquisites that awaited successful candidates.

Itodo also called for poverty reduction, a comprehensive war on corruption, restoration of ideological bases for political parties, reversal of rising unemployment and promotion of good governance.

He further suggested improved management of election security, introduction of electronic voting system and enforcement of electoral laws among others

Source: NAN

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16 Sep
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Duly Elected or Duly Purchased? WatchingTheVote Launches Report on Vote Buying and Selling During Ekiti Guber polls

During the official launch of the report on Vote buying and selling at the Ekiti Governorship Elections, YIAGA AFRICA’s WatchingTheVote called for laws to address loopholes in the electoral process especially vote buying. The report was launched by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu during the WTV election dialogue  Series with the theme “Ending the Scourge of Vote Buying and Selling in Nigerian Elections” in Abuja

While presenting the report titled “Duly Elected or Duly Purchased ‘, YIAGA AFRICA Executive Director, Samson Itodo said, Nigeria’s democracy was under threat due to vote buying and corruption is a societal challenge that manifests in every facet of life in Nigeria.

According to Itodo, Vote buying menace concerns conducts by the giver and the taker of inappropriate inducement as is the case with perpetrators of vote buying.  He said, the electoral laws must accommodate the various loopholes for corruption in the conduct of elections and see to the discharge of adequate punishment to offenders.’’

Itodo said this had become imperative because competence and character were no longer the parameters for assessing electoral candidates by Nigerians. He said that cash-for-vote or “see and buy’’ was emerging as the major determinant of electoral choice which could undermine electoral choices and imperil Nigeria’s democracy.

He said that vote buying also had a tendency to aggravate corruption in public offices as those who hold public mandates were made to seek corrupt means of enriching themselves toward elections.

Also speaking at the event, INEC Chairman Prof Yakubu assured that it would overcome the menace of vote buying, which it described as cancer and a threat to the electoral process.

Yakubu, however, expressed optimism about the commission’s ability to respond appropriately to the problem. He said the hydra-headed problem required the involvement of all stakeholders, including security agencies, political parties, civil society organisations, the media, and the citizens.

Yakubu stated, “We will overcome vote buying, just as we have risen to previous challenges to our electoral processes.

“We all have to come together to address this challenge. The truth is that buyers and sellers know that they are committing illegality, but nobody comes out to say, I am a vote buyer or I am a vote seller.

“Some of the infractions take place at the polling units. Some of them take place outside the polling unit on election day. Some even take place before elections through electronic cash transfer.”

The INEC chairman agreed with other speakers at the event, who attributed the emergence of vote buying to the improvement in the electoral process. He outlined some of the steps the commission had already taken to address the challenge.

According to Yakubu, “For the infractions that happen at the polling units, we are looking at the administration of our polling units such that it will be either impossible or difficult for voters to expose their ballot papers to agents of the vote buyers (for settlement thereafter). We are going to use the Osun governorship election in the next eight days to make a statement on vote buying.

“The second measure is to try to ban the use of some devices (in polling cubicles) that aid vote buying on Election Day, such as the mobile phones.”

Yakubu urged the security agencies to apprehend vote buyers and sellers and cooperate with the commission to prosecute them. He noted that even though the law empowered INEC to prosecute vote buyers, the commission lacked the capacity to arrest and investigate offenders.

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13 Sep
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YIAGA AFRICA PRE-ELECTION OBSERVATION FINDINGS AND PLANS FOR ELECTION OBSERVATION

Osun State, Nigeria- The period leading to 2018 Governorship election in Osun State remains a politically charged period with several pre-election activities for the 2019 elections underway. With 48 political parties contesting the 22nd September, Osun Governorship election and a total of 1, 682, 495 registered voters, the State presents important political dynamics to look out for especially considering that this is the last off-cycle elections before the 2019 general elections. YIAGA AFRICA under her Watching he vote project has remained one of the election observer groups engaging the election in the State with a pre-election observation which commenced in July 2018. As part of Watching The Vote (WTV) long-term observation effort, WTV Long Term Observers (LTOs) were deployed to all the 30 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Osun state on July 20, 2018 to observe the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC), voter education campaigns, political party campaigns and activities of marginalized groups. This report is the second in a series of four and covers the period of August 17 to 30, 2018. The results of the analysis of WTV observation are presented in subsequent sections.

Methodology

To achieve the pre-election observation, YIAGA WTV LTO’s are equipped with a checklist to observe and report on the electoral and political environment in the state. All YIAGA WTV LTOs are recruited from the LGAs within which they reside to observe electoral activities relating to voter education, political campaign activities, activities of marginalized groups (youth, women, and PWDs) and election-related violence in the pre-election period. Their reports cover activities of the INEC, political parties, National Orientation Agency (NOA), CSOs, women, youth and people with disabilities. The observers report on their observation findings on a bi-monthly basis via coded text messages to a YIAGA data centre.  Within reporting timeframes, observers also report on early warning signs and critical incidents demanding urgent attention as soon as they happen. YIAGA WTV pre-election observation (PREO) findings are not statistically representative of the entire state but do provide an indication of emerging trends during the pre-election period.

Summary of Findings:

For this reporting period, YIAGA’s WTV findings highlights some similar trends from the previous reporting period. Our findings indicate that:

  1. Voter inducement through the distribution of money and gift items were still visible in the state. It was either directly witnessed or heard of by 52% of the WTV LTOs reporting from 16 of the 30 which include: Boluwaduro, Boripe, Ifedayo, Irepodun, Ila, Ifelodun, Odo-Otin, Olorunda, Osogbo, Ilesha West, Ilesha East,f, Ayedire, Ejbigo, Irewole and Iwo LGAs of Osun state.
  2. Electoral preparatory activities are ongoing in the State with over half (91%) of WTV LTOs reported witnessing election preparatory activities undertaken by INEC in the state. The WTV LTOs were charged with the responsibility of observing INEC’s preparatory activities, including the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
  3. Voter education messages targeted at women, youth and PWDs were not witnessed or heard of in Boripe Ila, Ifedayo Irepodun. Odo Otin, Orolu, Olorunda, Osogbo, Atakumosa East, Atakumosa West, Ife East, Ife Central, Ife South, Ife North, Ilesha West, Obokun, Oriade, Ayedaade, Ayedire, Ede South, Ejbigo, Irewole, Iwo and Ola-Oluwa LGAs
  4. Youth, Women and PWD groups are actively engaging the political space through canvassing for votes for political parties and candidates in Boripe, Ifedayo, Ifelodun, Odo-Otin, Orolu, Osogbo, Atakumosa West, Ilesha West, Ilesha East, Ede South, Irewole, Isokan and Iwo LGAs, Boluwaduro, Olorunda, Atakumosa East, Ife East, Ife North, Ife South, Oriade, and Ede South.
  5. Political parties’ campaigns especially, campaigns rallies are increasingly dominating the political space in the state. The dominant political parties in the state based on our observation are the Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Progressive Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) have extended their campaign rallies to more LGAs as compared to the WTV first observation period.

Concerns and Recommendations

  • YIAGA AFRICA calls the attention of all election stakeholders to the growing trend of Voter inducement as observed in the first and second report and remains a worrisome trend especially as we move closer to the Governorship elections. Voter inducement through the distribution of money and gift items was still visible in the state and as stakeholder there is need for more voter education against this trend. All electoral actors should intensify campaign activities to discourage the act of voter bribery in the coming elections as indicators abound.
  • Targeted voter education and messaging should be sustained by both INEC and CSOs. Watching The Vote also urges the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to invest in voter education as it is part of their mandate, under the law.
  • YIAGA -Watching The Vote call on all Parties and their candidates contesting the election to act within the ambits of the law and promote a positive political culture that will enhance our electoral democracy. Parties have the most role to play in curbing the trend of voter inducement and vote buying and promoting peaceful election.
  • YIAGA calls on the good people of Osun state who are yet to collect their PVC’s to take advantage of this window before the election and collect their PVC’s to vote on election day. As indicated by INEC, as of 10th September, 2018, a total of 1,222, 648 PVC’s have been collected while 454,458 PVC’s yet to be collected.

As an organization committed to promoting electoral integrity and active citizen’s engagement during the elections, YIAGA’s Watching the Vote has successfully trained a team of 69 trainers in Osogbo who will be deployed to each of the 30 LGA’s in the State to train the 500 Watching the Vote Polling unit observers and 32 roving observers that will be deployed to observe on Election Day. YIAGA’s Watching The Vote will also be training 30 LGA result collation center observers to be deployed to observe the collation process at the LGA’s. YIAGA will be releasing the next Pre-Election findings on the 18th of September 2018.

The primary goal of the WTV project is to promote credible, free, fair, and peaceful elections in Nigeria as well as building citizen’s confidence in a process that protects the sanctity of their votes. For Election Day observation, Watching the Vote will deploy the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology which uses statistical principles and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to provide systematic data on the quality of Election Day processes while also verifying the accuracy of the official results.

Signed

Cynthia Mbamalu

Project Director

YIAGA AFRICA, Watching the Vote Project

Safiya Bichi

Pre-Election Observation Manager

YIAGA AFRICA, Watching the Vote Project

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11 Sep
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Press Statement on the Status of Electoral Amendment Bill

Protocols

Introduction

Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote (WTV) press conference on the status of the electoral amendment bill.

In line with our firm commitment to electoral integrity and responsibility of providing citizens oversight on the electoral process, the YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote issues this statement on the status of electoral amendment bills.

Observations

YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote observes as follows;

  1. In line with its statutory mandate, the National Assembly proposed and passed amendments to the 2010 Electoral Act as amended. These amendments were transmitted to President Buhari for assent three times and the President declined assent to the bills sighting interference with INEC constitutional powers, drafting irregularities, cross referencing errors and competence of the National Assembly to legislate on local government elections
  2. The proposed Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2018 amends 42 clauses of the Electoral Act. No 6, 2010. The goal of the electoral amendment as enunciated in the explanatory memorandum to the bill was to;

 

  1. Restrict the qualification of elective office to relevant provisions of the constitution
  2. Recognize the use of Smart Card Readers and other technological devices in elections
  3. Provide for sequence of elections and party primaries
  4. A timeline for the submission of list of candidates; criteria for substitution of candidates
  5. Limit of campaign expenses
  6. Address the omission of names of candidates or logo of political parties

 

  1. The National Assembly however deleted some controversial sections highlighted by the President in the subsequent versions of the bill it transmitted to the President. These sections include Section 25 on sequence of elections and Section 152 on local government elections. The National Assembly also redrafted some clauses of the bill to address concerns expressed by the President.
  2. The latest rejection of the electoral amendment bill by the President was communicated to the National Assembly on August 30, 2018. This is the third time the President is declining assent to the electoral amendment bill.

 

Issues and matters arising

  1. The Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2018 bill forwarded by the National Assembly to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent in August 2018 contained only 15 clauses as opposed to 41 clauses in the original version of the bill. What happened to the remaining 26 clauses?

 

  1. In the version of electoral amendment bill transmitted to the President for assent in August 2018, the amendment to Section 49 legalizing the use of Smart Card Reader or any other technological device for accreditation of voters was omitted.

 

  1. YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote is concerned with the secrecy of the electoral amendment process. More worrisome is the failure of the National Assembly to inform the public on the amendments transmitted to the President for assent, as well as the silence on the part of President when a modified version of the electoral amendment bill omitting key amendments was transmitted to him. This signals a lack of commitment to electoral reform.

 

  1. YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote notes that non-conclusion of electoral amendments constitutes a major threat to the credibility of the 2019 elections. The executive and the National Assembly should rise above politics and conclude all amendments to the electoral act to safeguard the integrity of the 2019 elections.

 

  1. YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote is also concerned that some proposed amendments in the electoral law have implications for ongoing electoral activities conducted in line with the extant electoral law. This might be a subject of litigation if not properly managed.

Recommendations

  1. The Executive and National Assembly should work together to conclude all the electoral amendments by the end of September 2018. This includes ensuring key amendments that deepen the integrity of the electoral process are signed into law g. legal recognition for the use of card reader for elections.
  2. The President should fulfill his promise of promoting electoral reforms by expediously assenting to the electoral amendment bill when transmitted to him by the National Assembly.

 

Signed.

Ezenwa Nwagwu

Board Member, Watching The Vote Working Group

 Samson Itodo

Executive Director, YIAGA AFRICA

About YIAGA AFRICA

YIAGA AFRICA is a non-governmental organization promoting democracy, constitutionalism and youth participation in Africa. YIAGA AFRICA achieves its goal through research, capacity development and policy advocacy. YIAGA AFRICA operates as a citizens’ movement poised with the onerous mandate of enhancing the quality of democratic governance, public accountability and civic participation. YIAGA AFRICA has been involved in election observation since 2007 and it is one of the leading organizations working on elections in Nigeria.

The YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote (WTV) is a citizen-led election observation initiative aimed at enhancing the integrity of elections in Nigeria using technological tools like SMS and evidence-based research methodology tools for election observation. The initiative is designed to promote credible elections and boost citizens’ confidence in the electoral process through citizens observation of electoral activities in the electoral cycle. YIAGA AFRICA is enhancing the quality of democracy in Nigeria using Watching The Vote as a platform for promoting cutting-edge electoral policies, credible elections, civic participation and democratic consolidation.

 

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08 Sep
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READY TO RUN ENGAGES POLITICAL PARTIES ON YOUTH CANDIDACY AND PARTY PRIMARIES

As part of efforts to operationalize the Not Too Young To Run act, the Ready To Run movement engaged political parties on youth candidacy and party primaries as political parties commence primaries to select flagbearers for various offices in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

Tagged, ‘Public Dialogue Series with Political Parties on Youth Candidacy and Party Primaries’, the engagement saw the movement organize a public dialogue with top officials of political parties with discussions centered around the need for candidate selection process to be fair and the emergence of youths as candidates.

The first of the public dialogue series was held in collaboration with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on 30th August 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The event was graced by top officials of the party including the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP youth leader, Udeh Okoye, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki as well as young aspirants on the platform of the PDP.

The event which served as a platform for political party officials to interact with young aspirants in their party saw the PDP chairman pledge to further reduce the cost of nomination forms for young people vying for office on the platform of the PDP.

The 2nd edition of the public dialogue series which was supported by the European Union under its European Union Support for Democratic Governance in Nigeria Project, (EU-SDGN) was hosted in collaboration with the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) on 6th September 2018. The event which took place at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja had in attendance senior party officials from Ten (10) political parties. They include: African Democratic Congress (ADC), Young Democratic Party (YDP), Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP), Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Youth Party, Action Democratic Party (ADP), Young Progressive Party (YPP), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and the YES Party.

Discussions ranging from cost of nomination forms to the emergence of youth candidates as party flagbearers were deliberated upon with the various parties making commitments to see an

The Public Dialogue Series is to serve as an interface not only for political parties and young aspirants in the party, but to also create a platform for youths and party leaders to come together and engage in conversations on the barriers obstructing youths within the party.

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30 Aug
0

Not Too Young To Run Campaigners Distance Movement From Saraki’s Declaration

As part of efforts to promote youth candidacy and democratic party primaries, the Not Too Young To Run movement commenced a series of public town hall meetings with the leadership of political parties and young aspirants to address the challenges faced by young aspirants in securing party tickets. The movement scheduled three town hall meetings with the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC); People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties. The first dialogue held today August 30, 2018 in Abuja with the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The event had in attendance the Chairman of the party Mr. Uche Secondus; Senator Bukola Saraki, Hon. Udeh Okoye, National Youth Leader of the party. The event also was attended by young aspirants registered under the Ready To Run platform.

The young aspirants advocated for a reduction in the cost of party nomination forms and requested the party to uphold internal democracy in the conduct of party primaries. In his response, the Chairman of the PDP assured the young aspirants of their support for youth candidacy in the forthcoming primaries.

Whilst addressing participants at the town hall, Senator Saraki declared his intention to run for the office of the President in the 2019 elections. The movement wishes to express its disappointment with Senator Saraki for usurping a platform designed for young aspirants to dialogue with party leadership to advance his political ambition. We strongly condemn this act by the President of the Senate and dissociate ourselves from this political move.

As noted earlier, the movement reaffirms its identity as a non-partisan citizen led movement dedicated to the defense of democracy, political inclusion and transformative leadership. The movement restates its commitment to sustain its engagement with political parties to ensure youth candidacy and democratic party primaries.

Signed.

Not Too Young To Run Movement

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29 Aug
0

STATEMENT BY NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN MOVEMENT ON PUBLIC DIALOGUE SERIES WITH POLITICAL PARTIES ON YOUTH CANDIDACY AND PARTY PRIMARIES

Ladies and gentlemen of the press,

On August 8, 2018, the Not Too Young To Run Movement hosted a National Day of Action on Youth Candidacy and Democratic Party Primaries across the 36 states of the country and the FCT. The National Day of Action organized a march to the National and state offices of political parties as they prepare to hold primary elections to select candidates for the 2019 general elections.

The movement engaged all the registered political parties to make the following demands;

  1. That Political parties reserve party tickets for young men and women with character, capacity and competence.
  2. That political parties prescribe and enforce spending limits for party nomination fees and charges. The cost for nomination of candidates should not exceed;
  • House of Assembly Aspirant – N200,000
  • House of Representatives Aspirant – N400,000
  • Senatorial Aspirant – N600,000
  • Governorship Aspirant – N1,000,000
  • Presidential Aspirant – N2,000,000
  1. That Political parties should adopt open, transparent and direct party primaries in the candidate selection process for the 2019 elections

Despite the commitments from the leadership of the various political parties at the National and state level, the Movement notes with concern the announcement on the cost of nomination forms by various parties which presents a major impediment to youth participation in politics. More worrisome is the tactics deployed by some state governors to thwart the political aspirations of young aspirants. In some states, nomination forms are sold to aspirants after approval has been given by the governor of the state. In other words, party executives cannot sell nomination forms to young aspirants until the approval of the Governor is sought and secured. This is undemocratic and dictatorial in every respect.

The Movement also commends parties that have taken intentional steps to accede to the demands of the Movement and have ensured that the cost of nomination forms is not a hindrance to youth candidacy within their political parties. Notable amongst them is the United Progressive Party (UPP) and Young Progressive Party (YPP).

We urge the national leadership of political parties to caution state leaders of the parties against subverting party guidelines in the candidate selection process. State governors should desist from undermining the integrity of the candidate selection process through imposition of candidates and intimidation of young aspirants. Parties should ensure guidelines for party primaries are widely publicized to promote participation and accountability.

As part of efforts to further operationalize the Not Too Young To Run act in the 2019 elections, the Not Too Young To Run movement will host a Public Dialogue Series with Political parties on Youth Candidacy and Party Primaries. The goal of the public engagement series is to provide a platform for young aspirants registered under the Ready To Run platform to engage with party leaders on emerging threats to youth candidacy in the build-up to the commencement of party primaries. The dialogue is an opportunity for party leaders to harvest youth inputs as well as address some concerns relating to the candidate selection process in parties. Parties will utilize the platform to share policies/intentional steps they are taking to ensure democratic primaries as well as the emergence young women, men and PWDs get party tickets.

The Public Dialogue Series will also provide an opportunity for the leadership of the parties to engage with young aspirants on youth candidacy and democratic party primaries in the 2019 elections. The Dialogue will also create a platform for party leaders to harvest youth inputs as well as address some concerns relating to the candidate selection process in parties and create a safe space for parties to share policy actions aimed at safeguarding the emergence young women and men and PWDs in the political party as well as facilitate intergenerational dialogue on leadership, politics and representation.

The movement appreciates the leadership of the various political parties that have reserved party tickets for young men and women with character, capacity and competence; prescribed and enforced spending limits for party nomination fees and charges; as well as parties that have adopted open, transparent and direct party primaries in the candidate selection process for the 2019 elections.

We thank all the young organizers across the country who have remained resolute and have constantly engaged with their stakeholders to ensure the success of the Not Too Young To Run Movement, we thank the media, civil society, and our partners for the solidarity and support.

One Shared Value, One Shared Goal, #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN

Our Shared Value, Our Shared Goal, #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN

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29 Aug
0

AY, Banky W, Uti, BasketMouth, Waje, Light Up Uniport as INEC, YIAGA AFRICA Take Voter Education to South-South

Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium of the University of Port Harcourt was filled to the brim as over 2000 students turned up for the YouthVotesCount Campus Outreach program for South-South along with Star Celebrities, Ayo Makun; AY, Banky Wellingnton; Banky W, Waje and Bright Okpocha, also known as BasketMouth. It was an electric atmosphere with celebrities as students of the University commit to get registered, Vote and defend their votes in a peaceful manner as the 2019 elections approaches.

Having hosted the program in the University of Abuja, University of Lagos, Bayero University, Kano, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in collaboration with YIAGA AFRICA, European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) and the European Union in Nigeria, took the Voter education campaign to University of Port Harcourt. During the event on Monday, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said, although it’s just 172 days to the first voting in the 2019 General Elections, the commission started its preparation long ago with Continuous Voters Registration and distribution of Permanent Voters Card.

According to the Chairman who was represented by National Commissioner, Prince Adedeji Soyebi said, for every election conducted by the commission, over 600,000 young people are being utilized. Prince Soyebi revealed that come 2019, INEC will engage over 1million youths in various capacities for the successful conduct of the general elections saying young people are the nucleus of elections. He however decried that the huge percentage of young people on the voter register doesn’t reflect representation in the political process and decision making.

Panelist Celebrities at Youth Vote Count Port Harcourt

Prince Soyebi also said, a lot of underage voters have been expunged from the voter register.  He said Nigerians should always draw attention of the commission during display claims and objections of Voter register on issues relating to underage voters and foreigners on the voter register.

Also speaking during the outreach program, INEC head of Voter education, Barrister Oluwale Osaze Uzi said bad leaders are elected by good people who don’t vote as he urges students to shun violence during election.

The celebrities on parade also took turns to speak on the role of young people in the electoral process as they encouraged the students to get registered, get their Permanent Voters Card and vote come election day. According the stars, the nation has remained backward because of young people’s apathy towards electoral process and politics in Nigeria.

They further urged young not to allow themselves to be manipulated and used by politicians as Uti said, Politicians lose their powers if young people refuse to be manipulated and used for electoral violence.  According to Banky W, we have up 200million Nigerians and at least about 83 million Registered Voters but unfortunately only 15 million Votes was required to win the Presidential election in 2015 which is barely 10% of the entire population.

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28 Aug
0

Osun 2018: 48 parties, candidates vie for governorship (FULL LIST)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented the names of 48 political parties cleared to contest for September 22 governorship election in Osun State.

The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Segun Agbaje, said majority of the non-sensitive materials that would be used for the conduct of the election have been received from the electoral commission, INEC headquarters, Abuja; and distributed to INEC offices across the state.

Although there are 48 parties and thus 48 governorship candidates, about five of them are expected to be the major contenders. These are a former secretary to the state government, Fatai Akinbade of the ADC; immediate past secretary to the state government, Moshood Adeoti of the ADP; the candidate of the governing APC, Adegboyega Oyetola; a senator, Ademola Adeleke of the PDP; and a former senator, Iyiola Omisore of the SDP.

The winner will succeed outgoing governor, Rauf Aregbesola of the APC.

The names of the parties and their candidates as presented by INEC are as follows:

1. Party – Accord
Governor – Julius Olapade Okunola
Deputy Governor – Azeez Kayode Jimoh

2. Party – AA
Governor – Ogunmodede Adeloye
Deputy Governor – Adepoju Timothy Adetunji

3. Party – ABP
Governor – Oludare Timothy Akinola
Deputy Governor – Halimat Bunmi Ibrahim

4. Party – ACD
Governor – Genga Afeni
Deputy Governor – Oni Esther Oluwatoyin

5. Party – ACPN
Governor – Rufai Adebisi Mujidat
Deputy Governor – Agboola Peter Oluremi

6. Party – AD
Governor – James Olugbenga Akintola
Deputy Governor – Abdulhakeem Oyeniyi Bello

7. Party – ADC
Governor – Fatai Akinade Akinbade
Deputy Governor – Arowolo Oladele

8. Party – ADP
Governor – Adeoti Moshood Olalekan
Deputy Governor – Durotoye Adeolu Akinbola

9. Party – AGA
Governor – Kehinde Olufemi Lawrence
Deputy Governor – Lawal Oluseyi Afusat

10. Party – AGAP
Governor – Adejola Adebayo Rufus
Deputy Governor – Adebayo Adewale Olaolu

11. Party – ANRP
Governor – Alarape Babatunde A.
Deputy Governor – Adelu Ayoade David

12. Party – APA
Governor – Adeleke Adesoji M.A
Deputy Governor – Agbonmagbe Tosin Omowumi

13. Party – APC
Governor – Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola
Deputy Governor – Benedict Olugboyega Alabi

14. Party – APGA
Governor – Oluwatoki Adetokunbo Adedayo A.
Deputy Governor – Adefila Mary Olaitan (Nee Olaleke)

15. Party – APP
Governor – Ekundayo Ademola Precious
Deputy Governor – Ojo Olugbenga Samuel

16. Party – BNPP
Governor – Olapade Olajide Victor
Deputy Governor – Dunmade Adejoke Wuraola

17. Party – C4C
Governor –Ilori Titus Oluwafemi
Deputy Governor – Alabi Temitayo Kadijat

18. Party – DA
Governor – Mutiu Abiodun Ibrahim
Deputy Governor – Fafioye Hammed Abiodun

19. Party – DPC
Governor – Aderemi Aree
Deputy Governor – Onitayo Yemisi Mary

20. Party – DPP
Governor – Solomon Ayodeji Oni
Deputy Governor – Issa Ademola Aderibigbe

21. Party – FJP
Governor – Babatunde Salako Joseph
Deputy Governor – Onifade Saheed Alade

22. Party – GDPN
Governor – Adetipe Adebodun Abiola
Deputy Governor – Ajiboye Funke

23. Party – GPN
Governor – Rafiu Shehu Anifowose
Deputy Governor – Oluwatoyin Adebayo

24. Party – HDP
Governor – Adedoyin Adegoke Joshua Oluwole
Deputy Governor – Olawale Adesoye Adewumi

25. Party – KP
Governor – Fabiyi Oluseyi Olubunmi
Deputy Governor – Ibrahim Adekunle Akande

26. Party – LP
Governor – Babatunde Olaniyi Loye
Deputy Governor – Aderonke Adebayor Jabar

27. Party – MMN
Governor – Raphael A. Feranmi
Deputy Governor – Ariyo Sunday Sina

28. Party – MPN
Governor – Lawal Ganiyu Akanfe
Deputy Governor – Idowu Kayode Olusegun

29. Party – NCP
Governor – Kamarudeen Kalemi Abiodun
Deputy Governor – Lawal Temitope Serifat

30. Party – NPC
Governor – Olaniyi Anthony Fadahunsi
Deputy Governor – Abdulrasheed Afusat Olanike

31. Party – NEPP
Governor – Jegede Hannah Taiwo
Deputy Governor – Rebecca Adeleke Oladepo

32. Party – NNPP
Governor – Adefare Segun Adegoke
Deputy Governor – Adeyeye Nurudeen Adeyemi

33. Party – PANDEL
Governor – Adebayo Rasheedat
Deputy Governor – Ajibola Fatimat

34. Party – PDC
Governor – Kolawole Rafiu Ojonla
Deputy Governor – Oladapo Deborah Oluwatoyin

35. Party – PDP
Governor – Ademola Nirudeen Adeleke
Deputy Governor – Albert A. Adeogun

36. Party – PPA
Governor – Adedokun Musbau Olalekan
Deputy Governor – Ibrahim Bukola

37. Party – PPC
Governor – Ifeolu Kehinde Adewumi
Deputy Governor – Sunday Makinde Babawale

38. Party – PPN
Governor – Akintunde Adesoji
Deputy Governor – Akanmu Saheed Abiodun

39. Party – PRP
Governor –Badmus Tajudeen Adefola
Deputy Governor – Olajire Gbolahan

40. Party – PT
Governor – Adegboyega Aderemi
Deputy Governor – Usman Omobolaji Taofeek

41. Party – RP
Governor – Ayodele Mercy Tosin
Deputy Governor – Adejumo Mukaila

42. Party – SDP
Governor – Iyiola Omisore
Deputy Governor – Lawal Azeez Olayemi

43. Party – SNP
Governor – Ayoade Ezekiel Adegboyega
Deputy Governor – Omolade Anike Adebayo

44. Party – SPN
Governor – Alfred Adegoke
Deputy Governor – Lameed Gafar

45. Party – UPN
Governor – Adediji Olanrewaju Adewuyi
Deputy Governor – Alabi Ola-Olu Adeniyi

46. Party – UPP
Governor – Odutade Olagunju Adesanya
Deputy Governor – Karonwi Festus Olamilekan

47. Party – YDP
Governor – Adebayo Adeolu Elisha
Deputy Governor – Aleem Atinuke

48. Party – YPP
Governor – Adetunji Olubunmi Omotayo
Deputy Governor – Salawu Kareem Adeniyi

Source: Premium Times

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