As a follow-up to an earlier event encouraging youth to “Say Yes! To Credible and Violence-Free Elections”, a session was organized for stakeholders in communities to enable them to discuss ways in which to support the youth. These stakeholders included religious leaders, traditional leaders, law enforcement and government representatives.
Various speakers spoke on aspects of the upcoming election. The Chikun Local Government Assistant Electoral Officer spoke on how the election will be conducted at the various polling units in the Local Government. He reminded the listeners of the importance of the Permanent Voter’s Card, stating that the temporary one issued will no longer be accepted. Observers will be present at every polling station to ensure that accurate reports are given and that the election is conducted without violence. The representative of law enforcement, Mr. Domicpah Ikeh, Divisional Police Officer of Sabon Tasha Division, assured the listeners that police officers will be posted at every polling station to ensure the election is violence-free.
Religious leaders from CAN and JNI stated that in their various places of worship,
youth were being educated on how to ensure that the elections were held peacefully, stressing that voting according to conscience was essential and that voting merely on religious affiliation should not obtain. Traditional rulers present all agreed to do their own part to advance the credibility of the election.