ReAid partners with young journalists forum for a voter education campaign

In the light of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, Renewed initiative for African development (ReAid) and other stakeholders partnered with the young journalists forum to carry out a votereducation campaign in Abuja. The campaign held in February 2019 at the Utako motor park and at the premises of the palace of the traditional ruler of Jabi. The campaign encouraged voters to come out en masse and carry out their civic duty of voting. The campaign urged voters not to sell their votes. The campaign educated the electorates at the grassroots on the fact that polling stations open on an election day between 8:00am to 2:00pm and only voters who are on the queue on or before 2:00pm will be accredited and allowed to vote.

The electorates received awareness on the following established voting procedure: At the polling unit, join the queue. An INEC official will check if you are at the correct pooling unit and confirm that the PVC presented belongs to you; An INEC official will confirm if your PVC is genuine using the card reader. You will be asked to place your finger on the card reader; An INEC official will ask for your PVC and confirm that you are listed on the voters register. Your name will be ticked and your finger will be inked to confirm you have voted. If your name is not found, then you cannot vote; The Presiding officer will stamp, sign and endorse your ballot paper. You will be given the ballot rolled with the printed side inwards and directed to the voting cubicle; Stain your finger with the ink given and mark the box for your preferred candidate/party. Roll the ballot paper in the manner you were given and flatten it; Leave the voting cubicle and drop the ballot paper in the ballot box in full view of people at the pooling unit; Leave the pooling unit or wait if you so choose, in an orderly and peaceful manner, to watch the process up to the declaration of result. Note that the result of each pooling unit shall be pasted at the unit for everyone to see.

The campaign was successful and reached a large number of people at the Utako motor park and the premises of the traditional ruler of Jabi. The audience committed themselves to a violence free election.