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  The Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative GLEMDI a civil society organization has called on community leaders to educate their communities on the need for peaceful and participatory elections GLEMDI Executive Director Habila Kayit made the call at a Community Leaders Roundtable on Participation and Violence Free Elections in 2023 with the theme Towards Participatory and Violence Free Elections held in Abuja According to Kayit the 2023 General Election is an important activity for Nigeria hence the need to start talks on how to make it free fair and credible He said the talks should focus on voter education on the caliber of leaders to choose and how not to be manipulated or misled into making the wrong decisions Kayit said Nigeria s nightmare is the lack of strong and committed leaders to bring it to the height of development it deserves People don t fully participate when it comes to elections Politicians take advantage of this opportunity and use few people and influence the political process We are very intentional about it because we hope to see a beautiful exit in 2023 where the citizens will unanimously elect someone who will fix the country The campaigns are running and the politicians are handing out promises citizens need to read between the lines to understand its message so as not to vote based on their ethnicity and religious leanings We call on community leaders who are closest understand their communities and can communicate with their people in clearer language to sensitize them to the need to be intentional about who to vote for and why they should be peaceful in their conduct said The executive director of GLEMDI said that people have the right to decide if they are used to cause violence or not According to him when people express their dissatisfaction with existing systems and are unwilling to be tools in the hands of politicians the nation will certainly do well Kayit said that the Electoral Law as amended has increased the confidence of many citizens to participate in the 2023 elections because they understand that their votes will count He stressed the need for citizens to work hard to maintain peace in the country adding There is no better time for us to have a peaceful society than now We need a country where citizens can exercise their right to vote without being intimidated Also speaking Mr Marthins Abbas co founder of the Partnership for Issue based Campaign in Nigeria said the program aimed to draw new lessons from community actors He said traditional rulers were key factors in electoral matters as custodians of traditions and customs in communities adding they revere them so you can talk to them about electoral participation Abbas urged citizens to engage politicians in issue based campaigns especially those that affect them This is because you don t get what you deserve you get what you bargained for he said One of the participants Ms Jan Okwulu blamed citizens for low voter turnout due to the belief that their votes do not count I always ask you if your votes don t count why do politicians come to you to induce or ask you to vote for them he added Okwulu advised Nigerians to come out and run in the 2023 general election and make a difference edited Source Credit NAN
CSO tasks community leaders on peaceful, participatory elections

Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative

The Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative (GLEMDI), a civil society organization, has called on community leaders to educate their communities on the need for peaceful and participatory elections.

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Executive Director Habila Kayit

GLEMDI Executive Director Habila Kayit made the call at a Community Leaders Roundtable on Participation and Violence-Free Elections in 2023 with the theme: “Towards Participatory and Violence-Free Elections” held in Abuja.

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General Election

According to Kayit, the 2023 General Election is an important activity for Nigeria, hence the need to start talks on how to make it free, fair and credible.

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He said the talks should focus on voter education on the caliber of leaders to choose and how not to be manipulated or misled into making the wrong decisions.

Kayit said Nigeria’s nightmare is the lack of strong and committed leaders to bring it to the height of development it deserves.

“People don’t fully participate when it comes to elections. Politicians take advantage of this opportunity and use few people and influence the political process.

“We are very intentional about it, because we hope to see a beautiful exit in 2023 where the citizens will unanimously elect someone who will fix the country.

“The campaigns are running and the politicians are handing out promises; citizens need to read between the lines to understand its message so as not to vote based on their ethnicity and religious leanings.

“We call on community leaders who are closest, understand their communities, and can communicate with their people in clearer language to sensitize them to the need to be intentional about who to vote for and why they should be peaceful in their conduct.” , said. .

The executive director of GLEMDI said that people have the right to decide if they are used to cause violence or not.

According to him, when people express their dissatisfaction with existing systems and are unwilling to be tools in the hands of politicians, the nation will certainly do well.

Electoral Law

Kayit said that the Electoral Law, as amended, has increased the confidence of many citizens to participate in the 2023 elections, because they understand that their votes will count.

He stressed the need for citizens to work hard to maintain peace in the country, adding: “There is no better time for us to have a peaceful society than now.

“We need a country where citizens can exercise their right to vote without being intimidated.”

Marthins Abbas

Also speaking, Mr. Marthins Abbas, co-founder of the Partnership for Issue-based Campaign in Nigeria, said the program aimed to draw new lessons from community actors.

He said traditional rulers were key factors in electoral matters as custodians of traditions and customs in communities, adding, “they revere them, so you can talk to them about electoral participation.”

Abbas urged citizens to engage politicians in issue-based campaigns, especially those that affect them.

“This is because you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you bargained for,” he said.

Jan Okwulu

One of the participants, Ms. Jan Okwulu, blamed citizens for low voter turnout due to the belief that their votes do not count.

“I always ask you, if your votes don’t count, why do politicians come to you to induce or ask you to vote for them,” he added.

Okwulu advised Nigerians to come out and run in the 2023 general election and make a difference.

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