Ahead of the 2023 general election, a group known as the Community Empowerment Achievement Promotion Initiative (FACE), said it had started a “Vote No Fight, Vote No War” campaign in some areas identified as flashpoints for violence in Bayelsa State.
Briefing reporters on Tuesday, at the NUJ Press Center in Yenagoa, Executive Director, Inatimi Peter Odio, said there was a need to address issues of violent conflict, hate speech, vote-buying and other vices that have characterized political and electoral processes ever since. Nigeria has returned to democracy.
He said awareness will be taken to electoral violence prone areas in the state such as Oporoma community headquarters in Ijaw South Local Government Area, Nembe LGA, Ekeremor LGA and Brass LGA.
His words “Citizens, especially youth and women, need to be vigilant of their responsibility to build the nation through active participation in the electoral process. This group of citizens remained neutral for too long due to the indifference of the electorate.
All NGOs, community and religious organizations, traditional institutions, youth and women’s groups should deepen engagement with relevant government agencies in demanding professional conduct of elections, as well as intensifying their constituents’ awareness of the need to embrace peaceful elections.
The BVAS is an innovative game changer in Nigeria’s political process, so young people are encouraged to go get their PVCs and come out in droves to vote for the new Nigeria they desire, and are shunned by politicians for committing electoral violence.
He also called on the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure they make effective arrangements for staff logistics and transportation of voting materials to enhance coordination on election day to prevent potential violence resulting from poor coordination.
Elections 2023: Group Vote No Fight Campaign of Violence in Bayelsa Flashpoints