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CYMS cautions youths against vote buying, acrimonious campaigns


CYMS cautions youths against vote buying, acrimonious campaigns

The Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) has called on Nigerian youths to refrain from vote buying, financial inducements, acrimonious campaigns and attacks during the 2023 general election.

The Director General of CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka made the call during the stakeholders’ conference organised ahead of the 2023 general election on Thursday in Abuja.

Nwaka said that the conference was organised to reposition the mindset of the youths on its expectations with an avenue to have an interface with relevant electoral stakeholders.

He said that vote buying and financial inducements during elections especially at the polling units should be discouraged and perpetrators should be brought to book.

“We are all aware that the seasons of political coordination, campaigns and other activities will soon commence following the INEC guidelines.

“However, we want to utilise this wonderful medium to appeal to political parties, candidates, and their supporters not to violate the INEC guidelines as we enter into the main building of the election.

“We are deeply constituted with grassroots presence, impressive electioneering track record on monitoring, mobilisation, observation and awareness creation on voters education, and continuous voters registration (CVR), ” he said.

The CYMS DG said that the organisation among others also seeks to address some national and international embarrassments that occurred during elections and campaigns.

In his words, “the use of unethical and undemocratic statements during campaigns, non-protection of votes and lack of support of election duty officers are not left out.

“It is worrisome that youths are the victims of bad governance, used for the above-outlined activities and also secure votes for politicians during elections.

“This is because of lack of principle and ideology, awareness, sense of responsibility as a patriotic citizen and inability to utilise their potentials and strength meaningfully.

“I am sure we are all aware that the faith of who leads us will not be determined by the religion or ethnicity; only the youth will determine who wins in 2023 elections.”

Also speaking, the Director, Socials and Empowerment, CYMS, Ms Tonto Dikeh appreciated the dignitaries, urging the youth on the need to do better in the forthcoming election

CYMS cautions youths against vote buying, acrimonious campaigns

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