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NGO begins ‘Vote Not Fight’ campaign across Bayelsa LGs –

The non-governmental organization (NGO) FACE Initiative said it had recruited local government coordinators and constituency volunteers in all eight local government areas and 105 constituencies in Bayelsa State to carry out campaigns marked by The “vote not fight” movement’s state ahead of this year’s election.

Inatimi Peter, executive director of the FACE Initiative, explained at a news conference at the Ernest Ikoli Press Center in Yenagoa that part of the role of the local government regional coordinator is to mobilize different groups at the grassroots level and organize advocacy sessions on behalf of the State Technical Committee (STC), which oversees the event. ).

He further stated that at the community level, community radio stations will be used to promote the “Vote No Fight” campaign in local dialects, calling on grassroots people to stay away from violence, hate speech, and buying and selling votes, and to stand up and vote among their numbers.

He also revealed that volunteers will be paying more attention to hotspots of violence in past elections such as Oporoma, Nembe, Ekeremor and Brass, and that the FACE Initiative and STC have been working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to focus on political trends. Intelligence on potential violent flashpoints.

“As a preventive measure, the team will organize outreach to educate young people about the need for peaceful conduct before, during and after elections and to secure their commitment to ensuring violence-free elections in their communities.

“To achieve this, we ensured that the STC has representatives from civil society organisations, media, INEC, police, National Direction Agency (NOA), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Keke Riders Association and Maritime Transport Alliance. These Stakeholders are selected based on their role in the election process.

“Achieving peaceful, credible, free and fair elections is a collective responsibility; therefore, the FACE Initiative calls on citizens, especially youth and women, to wake up to their responsibility for nation-building through active participation in the electoral process.”

“These groups of citizens have long been on the sidelines because of voter apathy.

As such, BVAS is an innovative game changer in the Nigerian political process; encouraging young people to get their PVCs and go out and vote in large numbers for the New Nigeria they want.

“Youth are encouraged to refrain from violence and avoid being used to commit election violence. INEC must ensure effective logistical arrangements for staff and voting materials to enhance election coordination and prevent potential violence due to poor coordination. INEC, Police, NSCDC and NDLEA must strengthen interagency cooperation to prevent violence and respond to election violence before, during, and after elections.

“The FACE Initiative calls on NGOs, CBOs, faith-based organizations, traditional institutions, youth and women’s groups to deepen their engagement with relevant government agencies and to demand that elections be conducted with professionalism and sensitization among their constituents. Need Embrace peaceful behavior and participate effectively in the electoral process,” the statement read.

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