From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Tuesday that no less than 50 registration devices, 150 staff and other logistical assets have been deployed to Old Parade Ground, Abuja, venue for the upcoming Youth Vote Count music concert. Mega, to assist thousands of young people. who have come forward to participate in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
INEC said the deployment of the facilities has been facilitated by the European Union (EU) in collaboration with other interested parties, in particular Yiaga Africa, with the aim of giving interested persons the opportunity to register and to have a better chance of participating in 2023 general elections as voters.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for the FCT, Yahaya Bello, told reporters at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday that INEC was much more ready and committed to the cause of helping Nigerians to obtain their voter’s card and participate in the elections, hence the mobilization of staff. and exercise logistics.
He praised the organizers of the Youth Vote Count Mega Music Concert for championing the campaign for youth participation in the electoral system, describing music, comedy and other artistic works as the best platform to get people’s attention. young people, making them understand the importance of participating in the electoral system and not sitting on the fence.
He called on young people and others who might face challenges due to the massive turnout of people, to view the challenges as sacrifices they had to make to participate in the decision of their leaders.
EU Program Manager, Democracy and Rule of Law, Laolu Olawumi, in her remarks, said the concept of the Youth Vote Count Mega Music Concert was to connect young people with their revered celebrities whom they love and follow, so that the message can get through to them.
She said renowned music icons including Tuface, Kizz Daniel, Faz, Teni and several others have confirmed they will be available for the music concert scheduled for Saturday.
She said: “We were in Lagos a few weeks ago with the same message and the turnout was massive. The people of Lagos defied the rain and other malaises to show up for the youth concert. We are here in Abuja this time with the same message but in a different city. We have over 11,000 new registrations in Lagos during the youth concert. We expect to do more here in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Samson Itodo of Yiaga Africa, said INEC data indicated that more than 50% of voters in Nigeria are young people, unfortunately not only them turn up on election day to vote.
He called on the youths to take advantage of this period to participate in the exercise so that they can participate in the exercise and not end up lamenting and complaining about the political leaders who would emerge later.
He said: “The turnout here at Old Parade Ground is an indication that these young people are determined to be part of their leadership selection process this time around.”
He therefore encouraged the CENI to do everything in its power to ensure that those interested have the opportunity to register so that they can participate in next year’s general elections.
Meanwhile, organizers of the Youth Vote Count Mega Music Concert have confirmed that admission to the event to be held on Saturday will be based on SSC’s presentation.